Sharp supersizes with 15.6-inch Windows 8 slate

sharp supersizes 15 6 inch windows slate tablet

In a tablet world dominated by slabs measuring under 10-inches, Sharp is bucking trends by launching a massive 15.6-inch tablet running Windows 8.1 Pro.

Initially spotted on the firm’s Japanese page, Sharp’s newest mega-tablet, dubbed the RW-16G1, is fueled by an Intel Core i5-4200U dual-core processor running at 1.6 GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The RW-16G1’s 15.6-inch display features a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800. Port selection includes Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, a media card reader and more. This reveal comes after Sharp announced its Meibus Pad, a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet with a 2,560 x 1,600 display.

Sharp allegedly claims that the RW-16G1’s battery will run for up to nine hours, but its processor, which is commonly found in laptops and not known to be included in mobile devices like tablets, could cut into battery life. On top of that, the RW-16G1’s high-resolution 3,200 x 1,800 display could eat a considerable amount of battery life as well.

Though an exact release date has yet to be revealed, Sharp will reportedly begin to sell the RW-16G1 this coming March. Pricing details have yet to be revealed, but considering this tablet’s size, screen resolution, and un-tablet-like specs, if you’re in the market for a giant slate, we suspect that you’ll have to pay significantly north of $1,000.

What do you think of the Sharp RW-16G1? Sound off in the comments below.


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