Sharp has unveiled their 5.5 inch Galapagos Android tablet and 10.8 inch Galapagos tablet several months ago in Japan and Now is prepare to release their Galapagos Android e-book reader tablet in the US in 2011. Afer that Sharp also has plans to release the Galapagos tablets in China, India and Brazil. Sharp is ready to launching their Galapagos content service to in US market.
Both of US Galapagos tablet features 3G antennas and supported the open EPUB eBook standard that has near universal acceptance instead of the proprietary XMDF format. Sharp also plans to launching their first Galapagos content service in USA market and hoping to secure book publishers and similar content providers with content being provided in the EPUB file format. The company also plans to expand Galapagos beyond books to include music, movies, and games With an initial projection of 30,000 titles. It looks like Sharp sets up an that the Galapagos tablets should be competitively priced against similar devices like the Noble Nook which starts at $149 and the Amazon Kindle– which can be bought for $139.
The 5.5 inch Galapagos Android tablet is boasts 5.5 inch LCD screen display with 1024 x 600 pixels that reads like a paperback book, internal memory of 8 GB microSDHC card, a trackball, 802.11b/g/ WiFi, and offers a battery life of 7 hours with weight only 280g. The larger 10.8 inch Galapagos tablet is boasts 10.8 inch display LCD screen display with resolution of 1366 x 800 pixels, internal memory of 8 GB microSDHC card, a trackball, 802.11b/g/ WiFi, and offers a battery life of about 10.5 hours with weight 765g. Both of the device runs on Android Operating System, have digital versions of magazines and newspapers and support web browsing and social networking capabilities.