One of the absolute highlights of the PC revolution was the sheer variety of shapes, sizes, types, design and form factors computers were available for purchase.

From exclusive 19-inch desktop replacement notebooks to solid, rugged devices for outdoor use, everyone had (and still has) a wide array of choice. On the Windows 8 tablet front, however, it took around a year, but hardware vendors have started bringing out the novelties.

Sharp, for example, has revealed its very own Windows 8 tablet at CEATAC in Japan. The slate goes by the name of Mebius Pad and makes use of a 10.1-inch IGZO display.

Engadget confirms that the Sharp tablet is very sharp — pun fully intended, with apologies!

The screen features an out-of-this-world 2560 by 1600 pixels resolution (that’s pretty much a 4MP image every time), and so confident is the company of its latest creation that it handed out magnifying glasses to those present at the unveiling so that they could take a closer look at the pixels.

An Intel quad-core Atom Z3370 chip powers the Mebius Pad, and it ships with Windows 8.1 right out of the box along with Microsoft Office.

But the amazing screen is not the only thing the Mobius Pad has going for it. The slate is both water resistant and dust proof, making it the perfect fit for all kinds of work environments, particularly outdoors. An optional stylus is also provided with the tablet.

Pricing and availability is yet to be announced, but keep an eye out if this is something you have your eyes on. Details should be out very soon.

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