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Sharp Enters the Android Tablet Game with Galapagos



When I read “Galapagos” I think of Charles Darwin and his theories on evolution. Perhaps Sharp’s choice of name for its Galapagos Tablets and media platform is inadvertently pointing to what will obviously become a “survival of the fittest” landscape when it comes to Tablets and Slates.

Sharp is unveiling its Tablet/Slate plans and it is media/reading centric. Galapagos is the name of both its eBook platform and two different sized Tablet/Slates its bringing to market. There’s a 5.5 inch model and a 10.8 inch model. The smaller version comes with a trackball and a screen resolution of 1024 x 600, the larger has no trackball and a resolution of 1366 x 800. Both have WiFi and both are aimed at consumption. Sharp is promising 30,000 newspapers and periodicals available on release, which is supposed to be this December in Japan.

We’re looking at Android here, but again this is focused on media consumption and there’s no word yet on which version we’re looking at, nor is there word about 3G connectivity at present.

Read the press release here.

Via CrunchGear



  1. DNel

    09/27/2010 at 8:10 am

    It probably is time again to come up with a naming scheme to describe all these new devices. When I hear tablet, I automatically think of active digitizer PC. Slate is an adjective describing any device that does not have a keyboard (ie i-Pad, LS-800, etc.)For these new consumption devices, whether iOS4 or Android the main differentiator is size. My suggestion is to follow Apples lead. Those with screen sizes 9in and larger should be called Maxi-Pads, those with screen sizes 7in and smaller should be called Mini-Pads. Any that are true creative devices (as opposed to consumption devices)should be called tablet PCs.

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