Sharp Shows Off a 10″ Educational Tablet
NetbookNews has turned up Sharp’s latest tablet in Taiwan. It’s a dual boot system running Windows 8 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Intel’s Medfield chipset. The tablet is just a prototype, but it looks more than a little interesting to me. I don’t see any info on the specific CPU, but NN does mention that this tablet has a 6 point capacitive touchscreen with a screen resolution of 1280×800. It has 32GB of Flash storage, 2 cameras (8MP and VGA), a pair of microphones and speakers, and optional 3G. It also has a whole bevy of ports including SD, HDMI, USB, and more.
Battery life is reported to be 12 hours, but as we all know that is very likely a tad optimistic. This tablet is also going to have optional features which clearly show that this is heading for the academic market, including a biometric sensor, RFID based alarms, pen input, and wireless charging. That last will be deeply appreciated by most any school district; tablets are commonly stored on carts (1 to a room). It would make a teacher’s job so much easier if the tablets could simply be set down to charge without having to plug it in.