Sharp announces 15.6 inch Windows 8.1 tablet for Japanese market

While we are still waiting for Panasonic's long awaited 20-inch Windows 8.1 4K tablet to start shipping, the folks at another Japanese company, Sharp, have plans of their own to release a pretty big tablet, although not quite as large as Panasonic's. The company posted up information on the Sharp RW-16G today, which will offer users a 15.6 inch display for accessing Microsoft's latest OS.

The Japanese product page states that the tablet will have a resolution of 3200x1800. While that's much higher than a HD 1080p display, it falls short of Panasonic's upcoming tablet that will support resolutions up to 3840x2160.

As far as the hardware inside the Sharp RW-16G, it will have an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a battery that is supposed to last up to nine hours. The tablet itself will weigh 2.7 pounds and will have a number of ports, including an MiniDisplayPort, a SD card slot and an unknown number of USB 3.0 ports.

The tablet is set for release in in Japan sometime in March but pricing was not announced today. There's also no word on if the Sharp RW-16G will be released outside its home country.

Source: Sharp via CNet | Image via Sharp

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Good to see manufacturers finally realize there are a growing number of elderly people in the population that would love to have access to a tablet screen they can see, with a touch screen they can utilize. I have never had a bad experience with a Sharp product, should be a good investment in my book.

Blueclub said,
Finally a 15.6 tablet with decent specs and battery life. If the reviews are good, I will be buying it.

at that size they only need to add more massive battery than Surface have. so naturally battery life is better, even if the screen adds up energy drain.

While that's much higher than a HD 1080p display, it falls short of Panasonic's upcoming tablet that will support resolutions up to 3840x2160.
Lower res maybe, but higher PPI. Also can output 4K video and supports digitizer pens with palm rejection and 256 levels of pressure. All in all this offering from Sharp seems like the much better choice, especially if the price is competitive. I want it!

I'm no artist so 256 levels is fine for me, but if it can be replaced with a better accessory if required then even better.

Romero said,
I'm no artist so 256 levels is fine for me, but if it can be replaced with a better accessory if required then even better.

When I was working as designer I bought 1024 level one for my old tabletPC and it also came with several additional tips, normal ones (which were still better than standard pen's one) and with springs witch helps make better use of pressure sensitivity. Also additional button helps quite a bit.

ir0nw0lf said,
Last nine hours doing what? Playing solitaire? LOL

If you're the type of user who is interested in this device then you have a legitimate use for it, otherwise you're not going to spend the money. And I'm betting this hits retail for $1,200 at least.

ir0nw0lf said,
Last nine hours doing what? Playing solitaire? LOL

If there would be one type of tablet that people take seriously not for playing games is windows tablet I guess. I think 20 inches is good for conference rooms at small work spaces too.

McKay said,
9 hours? With that size and specs?

Mother of God....

I think that's good and the size is a bit bigger than normal but not too crazy at 15.6" IMO. Depending on the work you want to do with one and the price it sounds interesting so far.

McKay said,
My "mother of god" was 'That battery life is amazing'. Not 'that battery life is poor'

I wasn't sure, anyways this is using the same i5 as the surface pro 2 though the screen is way better just have to wait on price to get the whole picture.

But no good accessories to make/feel like laptop.

It's not intended to be a laptop. You can tell by it being a tablet.