We've seen our share of tablets, and we'll keep seeing more, but Sharp is proving to be particularly daring in its development efforts.
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has recently posted some photos of a prototype Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet.
The important part about this slate is that it uses an Intel Atom Medfield processor rather than an ARM chip.
It's also worth noting that the 1,280 x 800 LCD is none too shabby, and neither is the 32 GB SSD or the 8 MP camera on the back. There's a second camera at the front too (VGA).
And now we get to the good part, and we mean more than the biometric sensor and the RFID-based alarm system.
One special perk is the pressure-sensitive, 6-point multitouch display (256 pressure levels and an accuracy level of 0.4mm).
The other asset is the battery life of up to 12 hours, possibly more, thanks to the wireless charging support.
Seriously, we're sad we don't know when sales will start. The education market is where Sharp will send this tablet, which means the back-to-school season may be the time frame, but we can't be sure. We do know that Windows 8 versions will be available eventually though.