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Sharp to Release iPad Rival

Sharp has thrown its weight into the tablet space and has announced that it will be releasing two devices by the end of the year – at least in Japan, its home territory.

In terms of hardware, it showed off two prototype colour tablet devices – one with a 5.5in display and another with a 10.8in one. No further details regarding the tablets hardware specifications were revealed.

However, rather than concentrating on the hardware, the company has announced ambitious plans to create a new eBook multimedia publishing standard based around XMDF, (ever-eXtending Mobile Document Format). Sharp clearly feels that current formats such as ePub, OPF, and XHTML aren’t up to the job of creating tablet optimised publications. The key advantage of XMDF is that it enables video and animations to play at the same time as text, which just sounds like a recipe for a headache to us, but there you go.

Google also plans to release an eBook store called ‘Google Editions’, Apple has its iBook store, and Amazon and Sony have lowered the prices of their hardware since the launch of the iPad.

Come what may, by the end of the year, there’s likely to be a whole host of tablet options to choose from, assuming you haven’t hopped on board the Apple bandwagon.

Link: Sharp tablet launch (in Japanese).

Lee Moorhouse

July 20, 2010, 10:46 pm

I think this could be interesting. Sharp aren't massive in the UK but they're huge in Asia, lets just hope their efforts are good enough for global distribution. The most important thing is, as we all know, the OS/software. Jumping on the Apple band wagon may be frowned upon by some people, but Apple's OS/software is always slick. And remember, all Apple products 'Just Work'... But say it quietly!

Ironduke

July 21, 2010, 12:21 pm

Welcome Sharp you are first Lamb into Uncle Steves (The Lions) Den.

jcampwala

July 21, 2010, 7:16 pm

I think Apple has set the benchmark, much like with the iPhone - maybe not in terms of power or specification, but in terms of function, style, and sheer pleasure. I'd be happy with a tablet that worked as well as the iPad, but with the kind of freedom to do what I want, not the locked-down nature of Apple and their products.

SRS

July 21, 2010, 9:56 pm

If it runs any version of Windows, it will fail.

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