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.
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.
The device will feature the following:
- 3.5-inch 960 x 640 resolution screen ("Retina" Quality)
- 1GHz S5PC110 processor
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- GPS, 802.11b/g/n
- removable 1370mAH lithium-polymer battery
Sharp IS03 is known for it's "Retina-like" display (960 x 640 resolution), but now it can be known for something entirely different, Lady Gaga. Android au has just released a series of ads for the device to be aired on Japanese TVs and with it comes a whole lot of Poker Face.
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.
IS03 has reportedly set new pre-order records for Android devices in Japan, with over 250,000 bought online ahead of the smartphone's launch on KDDI. Meanwhile, in-store pre-orders are believed to be in the region of 200,000. The online pre-orders alone make the IS03 five times more popular than the Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 in Japan. The figures come courtesy of market research analyst Kei Shimada. The IS03 is notable for its Retina Display-matching 960 x 640 resolution display and a 9.6-megapixel camera. [via Twitter]
previewed at IFA 2010 - into a trio of Android smartphones, and as well as the Japanese launch kicking off next month, the company also intends to bring the technology to the US, India and China in 2011. In December, the Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH and GALAPAGOS 005SH will each arrive on Japanese carrier Softbank, as well as the Sharp LYNX SH-03C on NTT DoCoMo. Each will support multitouch and 3D visuals; it's unclear whether Sharp will launch the same devices in the overseas markets, or put the parallax-barrier display into different phones. [via 3D-Display-Info]