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.