TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hidden among a sea of Windows 8 tablets at Microsoft's booth at Computex was the Sharp Mebius Pad. Announced last year, the 10.1-inch Intel Atom-powered tablet has one of the highest resolutions I've even seen on a mobile device -- and it's likely the first time anyone outside of Japan has gotten their hands on one.
The only reason I spotted the tablet was due to its brilliant display, which caught my eye with its searing bright colors and sharpness. Its 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution is one of the highest on the market, with a retina-scorching 299 dots per inch.
But that's not all the tablet has going for it. Like most Japanese devices, the Sharp tablet is water- and dust-resistant, but not shockproof. You wouldn't want to drop it.
Internally, the slate has an Intel Atom Bay Trial-T processor, the quad-core Z3770. It has 64GB of onboard storage and a hefty 4GB of RAM. Weighing in at 600g, I found the tablet to be very manageable with one hand. There's also an 8-megapixel camera located at the back. Sharp claims a battery life of 15.5 hours.
One thing I liked about the design of the tablet was a mesh-like pattern around the edges. It gives the Mebius Pad a touch of class and helps it to stand out among the more industrial designs found on today's devices. It does have a terribly smudged glossy rear, however, which is quite the turn-off.
As mentioned, to get your hands on the Mebius Pad, you will need to head to Japan. It's a shame, as that screen is quite stunning.