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Sharp Galapagos Tablets to Arrive in Japan in December


Sharp Galapagos Tablets to Arrive in Japan in December

Sharp has confirmed that its forthcoming tablet devices will launch in Japan in December and will be called Galapagos, according to reports from Reuters.

As we reported back in July, there will be two sizes of device, one with a 5.5in display and another with a 10.8in screen, so the offerings are either smaller or larger than the iPad. Differentiation is good. The display resolution will be 1,024 x 600 and 1,366 x 800 respectively, so the larger sized device does have more pixels than the iPad. The smaller unit will be available in red or silver, while the larger model will be black only.

The devices will run Google Android and will feature 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. Pricing has not been revealed.

Accompanying the Galapagos (Galapagosi?) Sharp will have an eStore offering access to 30,000 books, newspapers and magazines with an automatic subscription service renewing content over the air. However, there will be no movies, music or games until next year, so the devices will be limited to being colour eReaders until then.

There was no word when or indeed if, the Galapagos tablets will be made available outside of Japanese shores, but we can but hope.

Hamish Campbell

September 28, 2010, 2:28 pm



September 28, 2010, 3:36 pm



September 29, 2010, 1:25 pm

:O -os is a Greek ending, not Latin, so the plural should be -oi (Galapogoi)!

Hamish Campbell

September 30, 2010, 2:34 pm

Haha, thought I'd better look it up, and of course it's already in the plural. Original name of the Galapagos Islands was "Insulae de los Galopegos" (Islands of the Tortoises)...thanks wikipedia. My spanish is ok, but clearly not good enough for what seems to be an archaic term for tortoise (I would have said tortuga, and so would google translate, but any proper spanish speakers feel free to wade in).

errrrr...did I just kill the fun mood?

I still vote for Galapogai!

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