Week in gadgets: Sharp RW-16G, Firefox tablet, and Brunton Torpedo charger

20 Jan 2014

The Sharp RW-16G tablet

A look at gadget happenings, as both Sharp and Firefox add their offerings to the tablet market, and the lightsaber-like Brunton Torpedo 2800 charger powers up mobile devices.

Sharp RW–16G

Not renowned for its range of tablets, Sharp is making a break for the larger tablet market with the launch of its large 15.6-inch RW-16G tablet.

The screen features a HD IGZO 3,200 x 1,800 pixel display with a promised 235 ppi pixel density, so expect a mightily impressive playback on video.

The tablet’s spec is also pretty impressive, with Intel HD Graphics 4400, as well as an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a hefty 128GB of hard-drive space, a considerable amount more than most tablets on the market. The RW-16G will use Windows 8.1 as its operating system.

It shouldn’t prove much of a burden to carry around, either, as it is expected to only weigh just over 1kg and measure about half an inch in thickness.

All the usual connection ports and networking capabilities are in place, like USB, HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Firefox tablet

Details have been speculated for some time now, but Mozilla, the developer behind the popular browser Firefox, will be releasing its own budget tablet to the market in the coming months.

The 10.1-inch tablet will obviously feature Mozilla’s new Firefox OS, with a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution.

Firefox tablet

Spec-wise, the tablet is considerably basic, coming in with Quad-Core 1.0GHz, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of hard-drive space, but the company is expected to retail the tablet at a reasonable US$100 to $150.

It also features two cameras with a 5MP resolution camera on the back and a 2MP forward-facing one, and will allow users to upgrade hard-drive space with a micro SD slot and USB connection.

Brunton Torpedo 2800 charger

With more and more smartphones becoming power-hungry monsters, the need for mobile power-chargers is paramount if you’re planning on spending a significant amount of time away from a power point.

The torpedo is a pretty sizeable piece of equipment, akin to a Star Wars lightsaber, but should power everything from smartphones to tablets and laptops with its 2800 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Torpedo charger

It can also be connected to a person’s car or truck through the cigarette lighter when it needs a charge-up on the road or to save the battery, despite it having an estimated charging ability of two high-powered smartphones.

The Brunton Torpedo 2800 charger is retailing now for US$44.99 online.

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic