Sharp and Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo have announced plans to begin selling a new 7 inch Android tablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and a full HD display in July.
It’s called the Sharp Aquos Pad SH-05G and it’s a rather compact tablet with slim bezels around the display.
The tablet measures about 6.9″ x 4.1″ x 0.3″ and weighs about 7.4 ounces, making it smaller and lighter than a Google Nexus 7, for instance, even though it has a similarly-sized 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display.
Sharp’s new tablet has 2 GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP rear camera, a 2.1MP front camera, and a 3,900 mAh battery. It will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop software, and the tablet will support WiFi and 4G LTE in Japan.
We haven’t seen a lot of tablets with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. In fact, we haven’t seen a lot of phones with the chip either: that may be due to a number of reports suggesting it overheats too easily, which can affect performance. It’s possible that the chip could perform better in tablets than phones, since larger devices have more room for air to flow, which can help keep a processor from getting too hot.
Or maybe Qualcomm is right and there’s no real problem with overheating (at least in devices like the HTC One M9 which underclock the CPU to avoid the issue, taking a performance hit in the process).
After all, Sony also chose the Snapdragon 810 for its new Xperia Z4 Tablet.