The tablet market is starting to get pretty heated. In addition to the iPad and Galaxy Tab, and RIM PlayBook, we can now expect something from Sharp in the order of a Galapagos line of tablet devices. Initial news was revealed in late September, Sharp now has followed through with an official announcement.
The Android-based tablets will come in two different sizes, neither of which carry the same dimensions as the iPad or the Galaxy Tab. Presumably, Sharp is going to manufacturer its own displays for this, since that’s a big part of their business already, and the different sizes help to differentiate these handhelds from others like them.
The smaller Sharp Galapagos tablet features a 5.5-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution. If you want to go bigger, then you’ll want to opt for the one with the 10.8-inch screen with 1366 x 800 resolution. Pricing for the two units has been pegged at 39,000 Yen ($473) and 54,800 Yen ($642), respectively. Strangely enough, the tablets lack 3G and rock 802.11b/g Wi-Fi with no support for the higher-speed N standard.
Aside from that, the exact details are still a little sketchy, but we do hear that it’ll run a skinned version of Android and rock a microSD slot for memory expansion.