Sharp Announces 10.8″ and 5.5″ Galapagos E-book Reader Tablets, Over 30,000 Titles To Be Available At Launch

Written By Sam on 28 September 2010

Sharp has announced a cloud-based media service business, named Galapagos, for the Japanese market. The news is more interesting because the company has also announced two compatible Android-based Tablets have been developed specifically as e-book readers and will be introduced at the same time. Of the two devices, one will be a 5.5-inch tablet and the other a 10.8-inch model with high-end features aimed at giving the recently-launched Apple iPad in Japan a run for its money. Meanwhile, its e-bookstore service is expected to take on Sony’s recently launched e-book reader in the country.

Sharp is positioning the two devices as e-readers that feature color LCD screens. The mobile-type device featuring a 5.5-inch (1024 x 600 pixel resolution)LCD screen will read like a paperback book, while the other tablet with a 10.8-inch high-resolution (1024 x 600 pixel) HD LCD will allow users to enjoy magazines formatted across a two-page spread. The tablets will have Wi-fi connectivity. At the time of the launch, Sharp intends to give users access to over 30,000 daily news publications, eBooks and magazines. The smaller variant will be available in red and silver, while the 10.8-inch version will be available in black.

The company is also looking to expand the Galapagos service to movies, games and music next year, “around spring”. As regards the pricing and other details, the company is tight-lipped. But the company is expected to reveal hardware specifications and features of the tablets later this year, a little ahead of the official launch. While the tablets will initially be launched only in Japan, the company is keen on launching them in US and Europe as well. In fact, there are reports that suggest that the company is already in talks with Verizon for the launch of tablet in the US market. Avid e-book readers, take note.

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