Sharp Galapagos Tablets Get Pricing, Coming December 10

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29 Nov, 2010 1:26 pm

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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
CPU ? ?
OS Android Android
Resolution 1024 x 600 1366 x 800
Storage 8GB via MicroSDHC 8GB via MicroSDHC
WiFi 802.11b/g 802.11b/g
Buttons home / back / trackball home / back
Interface microSD / SDHC, mini USB, headphone microSD / SDHC, mini USB, headphone
Sound monoaural monoaural
Battery 7 hours 10.5 hours
Recharge 2.5 hours 7 hours
Size 92 x 167 x 12.9 mm 177 x 286 x 14.7 mm
Weight 220g 765g

Our hands on from a couple of months ago:

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Source: IT Media and Sharp


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