When Apple’s iPad was first introduced, the photographic world was abuzz: finally there was a compact device that photographers could use to present their portfolios to clients. Meanwhile, the iPad is in its 5th generation, and the tablet market has changed considerably. It’s not the only contender anymore, as there are now a lot of choices both in screen size and in operating systems used.
Apple itself has introduced the iPad Mini a while ago, which comes with a smaller screen, and in Android land you can get almost anything imaginable. The Windows platform hasn’t been as popular as either iOS or Android, but there have been some interesting developments nonetheless.
The latest comes from Sharp, and it’s a 15.6″ tablet–yes, you read correctly, 15.6″. That’s the size of a regular laptop, and a lot more real estate than your common 7″ or 10″ device. So, what does Sharp’s new über-tablet have to offer that might make it worthwhile for a photographer? Find out after the break.
Well, for one, it runs on a full Windows 8.1 installation, thanks to the Core i5 processor that’s inside it. This means that you can use all your Windows programs on it, such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Then, there’s the processor that we already mentioned, which is clocked at 1.6 GHz but can be boosted up to 2.6 GHz. The graphics chip is an Intel HD 4400, which should be enough for your daily retouching routine. As for memory, the RW-16G sports a 128 GB SSD drive, as well as 4 GB of RAM. While that’s not overly much, it’s definitely sufficient to guarantee a fluid Lightroom workflow. And finally, battery life is said to be around 9 hours, which is the same as the latest MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Oh, and we almost forgot the most important part: the display. Measuring 15.6″–which we admit is fairly large–, it comes with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 pixels. And of course it’s a touchscreen, which means you can edit your images in Lightroom or Photoshop with the help of stylus.
More information about the RW-16G is available via Sharp Japan. Unfortunately, neither availability nor pricing have been annouced. In fact, we’re not even sure it’ll hit markets outside Japan at all.
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