KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 has an IGZO display for up to 2.5x better battery life

Sharp's new screen technology called IGZO has made a lot of noise because of the improved battery life it claims to offer. Now, a second device featuring this screen has been announced, and this time it comes in the form of the KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21, a 7-inch tablet. It features a 1280 x 800 screen resolution, and according to Sharp, has 2.5x the battery life of similar tablets.

Toshiba 7.7-inch prototype quad-core tablet hands-on

And you thought Toshiba's super-skinny Excite was... uh... exciting. Get a load of this 7.7-inch version of the hardware, with the all-important (and seemingly ubiquitous) addition of an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The beautiful little tablet is code-named the AT270, and in addition to the processor it sports a full 1280x800 AMOLED(!) screen, 1GB of RAM and - wait for it - Ice Cream Sandwich. This one's obviously in the early stages of development, but shows a lot of promise already - we'd be very surprised if it didn't reach retail shelves at some point this year.

Toshiba’s 7-inch Thrive available now

I'm sure there's at least one person out there who absolutely loved everything about Toshiba's 10-inch thrive Honeycomb tablet (even the headache-inducing commercials) except for its to-inch size. Well rejoice, One Guy, because the long-leaked 7-inch variant is available from Toshiba now, and should be hitting US retailers in the near future. The 16GB and 32GB versions will set you back $379.99 and $429.99, respectively.

Acer 7-Inch Tablet Gets the Hands-On

We all saw it coming, 2011 is going to be the year of the tablet - and not just the iPad. Google's Honeycomb operating system is going to be a huge deal-breaker in the competitive tablet market and with its release we can expect to see some really impressive devices. One such device, the ACER 7-inch has gotten the hands-on treatment. The device itself will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread but its expected to be upgraded to Honeycomb once it's made available. Being quite the impressive 7-inch tablet, it will feature the next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor which will make it capable of a 1.2GHz asynchronous clock. The device features a single hardware button across the front, the home button. Even though Honeycomb is shying away from physical buttons, it's nice to have an option that everyone knows how it functions. From their hands-on time with the device, they feel that it's quite the impressive device. Although it's made of plastic, it feels both sturdy and premium. With its 7-inch 1280x800 display, dual-core CPU, dual-cameras, and Honeycomb, this may just be the 7-inch to beat for the first half of 2011. [Via IntoMobile]

Mystery Viewsonic 7-inch Tablet Spotted at CES

CES is over and the dust is settling in the technology market, but that does not mean there isn't any reportable news from the showroom floor. In fact, Chippy from CarryPad was talking to the Zino team and discovered they were using a mystery 7-inch tablet from Viewsonic at last weeks event. Regretfully, there isn't much further information about the device as they did not allow him to further look around the tablet, but from his time with the device we can see that the back is ruggedized. Similar to the Toshiba tablet also shown off at CES, we're expecting tablets built for daily life. With Mobile World Congress happening next month, expect further details of the device to start pouring in over the next few weeks and, hopefully, an announcement come February. [Via NetbookNews]