our brief history with the Galapagos name is any indication, we're in for a hit-or-miss ride. What this tablet COULD mean for us is a 7-inch tablet (though in the past we've also hear 5-inch and/or 10-inch, just to cover all the bases, and an Android with massively present user interface overlay. Big fat tablets from the East, what we desire!
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hitting Japan in 2010. If you are in the US and want one of the Sharp tablets, you were probably hoping that Sharp would announce the tablets for American in time for the holiday season this year. That didn’t happen, but the good news is that you won't need to wait long to get the Galapagos tablets if Santa didn’t get you an Android device.
has announced that its Galapagos Android tablets will arrive in Japan on December 10, with the 5.5-inch EB-W51GJ-R/-S priced at 39,800 yen ($475) and the 10.8-inch EB-WX1GJ-B coming in at 54,800 yen ($654). Initially the slates will be paired with an ebook and emagazine download store, but in Spring 2011 Sharp expects to open up video and music downloads to the pair. Your money gets you a 1024 x 600 display on the smaller units, 1366 x 800 on the larger, complete with an 8GB microSD card in the box and WiFi for browsing. More details in our hands-on.
GALAPAGOS 003SH and GALAPAGOS 005SH have both launched on Japanese carrier Softbank; each has a 3.8-inch WVGA display and runs Android 2.2 Froyo on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The 003SH has a 9.6-megapixel camera, while the 005SH has an 8-megapixel camera and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. No word on when - or even if - they will launch outside of Japan. [via 3D-Display-Info]
SlashGear Japan have been checking out the latest Android powered hardware for us. Sharp's Galapagos ereader tablets have been catching our eye since the company teased them a few months back, and with the official announcement under their belt they've been showing both the 5.5-inch Mobile and 10.8-inch Home models off at the show. As you can see, neither is exactly running in an entirely optimized state at the moment, with page turns and screen navigation sluggish. More photos at SlashGear Japan. Sharp Galapagos "Mobile": [vms 7b24303ee6a220679dab] Sharp Galapagos "Home": [vms f64d32a5527244d104ce]
pair of Android tablets under the Galapagos name to the US. We all know that the first step to bringing any gadget that has wireless communications gear of any sort inside is a stop at the FCC for the needed approvals for the US market.
Video demonstration after the cut.