Sharp has now announced a launch date for their Galapagos tablets over in Japan, with pricing too for both of the 5.5 and 10.8-inch models. The 220g 5.5-incher, with a 1024 x 600 display, 7 hour battery and trackball will cost 39,800 yen and the 765g 10.8-incher with a 1366 x 800 display and 10.5 hour battery will cost 54,800 yen. That’s about $360 and $460 respectively (give or take a few tens) in the US market.
Both go on sale on December 10 with preorders starting a week earlier. Still no official word on a US release date, although we did see one of the tablets pop up at the FCC earlier this month but one journalist suspects we won’t see them anytime soon:
Sharp designed a device that’s tailor-made for Japan, especially regarding the contents platform, so I’m not expecting an international roll-out anytime soon.
I’ll lay out the specs for both tablets again – we still don’t know the processor but it’s certainly isn’t 1.0GHz because they felt sluggish. That also goes for what Android version these are based off of.
|5.5″ Model||10.8″ Model|
|Display||5.5-inch TFT LED||10.8-Inch TFT LED|
|Resolution||1024 x 600||1366 x 800|
|Storage||8GB via MicroSDHC||8GB via MicroSDHC|
|Buttons||home / back / trackball||home / back|
|Interface||microSD / SDHC, mini USB, headphone||microSD / SDHC, mini USB, headphone|
|Battery||7 hours||10.5 hours|
|Recharge||2.5 hours||7 hours|
|Size||92 x 167 x 12.mm||177 x 286 x 14.7 mm|
Our hands on from a couple of months ago: