Aquos Pad IGZO Aquos launches new tablet and phone, IGZO screen onboard

Sharp has launched two new devices as part of their Aquos range of Android powered devices for NTT DoCoMo's summer lineup, both packing IGZO displays.

Sharp has launched two new devices as part of Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo's summer line up. While the Aquos Phone Zeta is a 4.8 inch quad core smartphone running the latest flavor of Android Jelly Bean, the Aquos Pad is a scaled up 7 inch version with much of the internal specifications virtually left unchanged.

Aquos Phone Zeta SH-06E

Aquos Phone IGZO Aquos launches new tablet and phone, IGZO screen onboard

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Chipset
  • 1.7 GHz Quad Core Krait CPU
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4.8 Inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) IGZO LCD Display
  • 13.1 MP Rear Camera
  • 2.1 MP Front Facing Camera
  • NFC, Wi-Fi, TV Tuner
  • 2,600 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

While the specifications match those offered by the current crop of flagship smartphones, the one stand out feature is Sharp's IGZO display. 

IGZO

IGZO (or Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) is a semiconducting material jointly developed by Sharp and Semiconductor Energy Laboratories that allows for smaller pixels, or simply faster reaction speed on the screen. When first unveiled early in 2012, Sharp promised a 90% reduction in power consumption with their new LCD display.

Aquos Pad SH-08E

Aquos Pad IGZO Aquos launches new tablet and phone, IGZO screen onboard

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Chipset
  • 1.7 GHz Quad Core Krait CPU
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 7 Inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IGZO LCD Display
  • 8.1 MP Rear Camera
  • 2.1 MP Front Facing Camera
  • NFC, Wi-Fi, TV Tuner
  • 4,200 mAh Battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

The Aquos Pad is for most parts ordinary looking. A slight curve at the edges takes and thin bezel add to some substance, but what's really interesting is the 7 inch IGZO low power display. Other than that, the tablet pretty much carries the same set of features as the newly announced phone.

Both devices are capable of working with DoCoMo's Xi LTE network, which will enable super fast downloads of up to 100 Mbps and uploads up to 37.5 Mbps. Expect the tablet to launch by the end of July, while the Aquos phone comes earlier (in fact, on May 24th). No word on pricing yet.

Source: Engadget (1) & (2)