If you can’t beat them, join them, an old saying goes, and the inventors of that kooky talking refrigerator seem to be following exactly this particular tactic in trying to make their new Windows 8 tablet as popular as Android slates or Apple’s iPads.
Mind you, I’m not accusing Sharp of copying anybody by putting a lot of emphasis on pixel density with the new Mebius Pad. After all, Apple may have the exclusive rights to use the “Retina Display” brand name, but they certainly can’t patent high ppi (or can they?).
Besides, if there’s one thing Windows tabs needed in order to take things to the next level, it was definitely better, crisper panels. And boy, does this Mebius Pad rock a spectacular screen.
It measures 10.1 inches in diagonal, it uses the IGZO (indium gallic zinc oxide) technology that’s believed to go very easy on the battery and, most of all, it sports a 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution. That’s a 299 ppi pixel density, so north of MacBook Pro pixel counts and exactly on-par with Google and Samsung’s Nexus 10.
Before getting too giddy with excitement, let me remind you it’s Sharp we’re talking about here, so the chances of ever seeing the Mebius Pad up on store shelves on the Western hemisphere are close to zero. And not even Japan will get the 10-incher this year, as the ETA around those parts is “early 2014”.
But hey, it may just be worth the wait, since it packs an Intel Bay Trail processor, so it shouldn’t be too pricey, runs Windows 8.1 out the box, has allergies to water and dust, rocks 4G LTE speeds and stylus support. Keeping it sharp (pun intended) from head to toe, eh?