Sharp Galapagos tablets to debut on December 10th

The Galapagos tablets offer more of what a eBook reader can but aren’t under-featured

Sharp hasn’t yet made it big in the tablet PC arena, but it does hope to make it soon with its Galapagos range of Android tablets. After Sharp announced the Galapagos tablets in early October, it has finally gone ahead with announcing the launch details and pricing for them.

According to an official announcement, the Sharp Galapagos tablets will see the light of the day on December 10th and will be available as 5.5 and 10.8-inch models for the price of 39,800 yen and 54,800 yen respectively. Although this launch announcement is specific to Japan, US launch details are not out yet and nor is pricing.

Talking of the hardware, the 5.5-inch Sharp Galapagos tablet weighs less than half a pound and has a 1024 x 600 pixel display, 8GB of storage, 802.11b/g/ Wi-Fi, with a 7 hour battery that provides power back-up. On the other hand, the 10.8-inch model has a 1366 x 800 pixel display and features 802.1b/g Wi-Fi, an 8GB microSDHC card, and weighs about 1.7 pounds. It has a 10 hour battery for power back-up.

Although, for people wanting to lay their hands on one of these tablets must know that Sharp has modeled the tablets more on eBook readers/media devices and hence they might not get the full functionalities of a tablet. However, you do get the usual Android stuff like web browsers, et al and so this tablet shouldn’t be that bad at all. Also, when the tablet lands in the US, it shouldn’t be as expensive as it is in Japan considering the low prices of electronic durables in the country.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-11-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)