Water-resistant Sharp Mebius Pad follows hot on the heels of Surface 2

Sharp has jumped onto the Windows 8 tablet bandwagon with the Mebius Pad and it seems all set to give some stiff competition to none other than the Surface 2 itself. The company has loaded the gadget with some advanced technologies and you can expect it to offer resistance to water as well as dust.

The guys over at Engadget got a hands-on experience of the Sharp tablet and they seem impressed with the screen. This gadget offers a multi-touch real estate of 10.1 inches on the front panel and the IGZO LCD capacitive touchscreen has an aspect ratio of 16:9. The bright display manages to render WQXGA visuals in 2560 x 1600p resolution and has a pixel density of 300ppi.

Sharp Mebius Pad

Meant for professionals, the Windows 8.1-based gadget can also be purchased with the optional stylus. An Intel Atom Z3770 processor powers the device up and interested customers can even opt for the Windows 8.1 Pro edition by shelling out a few extra bucks. And it goes without saying that Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 comes pre-loaded on the Sharp slate.

Both its front and rear surfaces are graced by a camera lens each, thus customers have the option of making video conference calls over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G LTE. In case you think the screen is still not good enough, you can go for the 20-inch Panasonic Toughpad that delivers visuals in 3,840 x 2,560p resolution.

The Sharp Mebius Pad tablet’s price and availability details are yet to be revealed, but it should hit store shelves in early 2014.

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