Sharp's Windows 8.1 tablet has serious specs: LTE, WQXGA

Sharp's Bay Trail-based tablet is packed with high-end features, including a 300ppi display.

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The Meibus Pad boasts a 300 PPI display and Sharp's in-house IGZO tech.
The Meibus Pad boasts a 300 PPI display and Sharp's in-house IGZO tech. Sharp

Sharp is upping the ante in the 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet space with a WQXGA tablet packing 4GB of memory and LTE connectivity.

The Meibus Pad from Sharp -- which is also one of the world's largest LCD manufacturers -- sports a 2,560×1,600 IGZO display.

That's just shy of 300 pixels per inch and tops the 9.7-inch iPad Air's 264.

And that resolution also beats most Windows 8.1 tablets on sale today. Ten-inch class Windows 8.1 tablets typically offer resolutions no higher than 1,920x1,200 (e.g., the HP Omni 10).

The Meibus Pad was introduced back in September at Japan-based CEATEC, but Sharp formally announced the product Wednesday for the Japanese market.

Sharp has also integrated LTE connectivity -- again, a rarity for a tablet running the full version of Windows 8.1 (Nokia's Lumia 2520 offers Verizon LTE but that's a Windows RT tablet).

Others specs include an Intel Atom Z3770 "Bay Trail" processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of flash storage, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 Office Home and Business 2013.

It is 9.5mm (0.37-inches) thick and weighs 595 grams (1.3 pounds).

The tablet will go on sale in January. No pricing was given.

Sharp Meibus Pad.
Sharp Meibus Pad. Sharp