Sharp has come up with an interesting take on the supersized tablet concept. The company's Japanese site has posted details about the RW-16G1, a 15.6" Windows 8.1 slate with a 3200x1800 display resolution. The screen is based on IGZO technology, and it delivers a pixel density of 235 PPI. Multitouch and digitizer-based stylus input are both included.
Inside, the tablet has a Haswell-based Core i5-4200 processor backed by 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid-state storage. Mini DisplayPort and HDMI video outs line the exterior along with an analog audio jack, a full-sized SD slot, and three USB 3.0 ports. Wireless connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC.
Surprisingly, the system's 44Wh battery is said to deliver about nine hours of run time—pretty good for a jumbo slate. The larger battery surely adds weight, though. The tablet tips the scales at 2.76 lbs (1.25kg) and measures 0.49" (12.5 mm) thick. Tellingly, none of the product shots show people actually holding the thing.
Sharp appears to be pushing the RW-16G1 as a sort of tablet/notebook/all-in-one hybrid for business use. Unfortunately, there's no mention of whether it'll arrive stateside. I don't see the price listed anywhere, either, but it's probably not cheap. This is basically an ultrabook with a premium display and no keyboard. And it's a bit ridiculous, to be honest, but it's also kind of awesome. Thanks to CNet for the tip.