Sharp Galapagos Android Devices and E-book Service Announced

September 27, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sharp has announced the Galapagos Android devices and the Galapagos e-book service. Two tablets have been developed specifically as e-book readers and these readers will be providing support for the cloud-based e-bookstore service that is planned to begin in December of this year. The e-readers will also be introduced at the same time.

The smaller Galapagos “mobile type” e-reader will be coming equipped with a 5.5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1,024×600. The display will be coming optimized for displaying paperback books. The device, which will be available in red and black, will also have a trackball to scroll through the pages.

The larger “home type” will not be coming with a trackball, but you will be able to turn the pages just like it is done on the iPad. It will be coming with a 10.8-inch LCD screen which provides a resolution of 1,366×800.

Both the devices will have WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g) on board. Other features include Sharp’s e-book application software for PC “GALAPAGOS Station” (enables users to organize downloaded content on PCs), Pre-installed social network service application (enables sharing readers’ comments and e-book list with friends) and many more.

But there was no confirmation on an exact release date, the pricing and more specs. But Sharp did announce that customers will get access to about 30,000 newspapers, magazines, and books at the time of launch.

Check out the official promo video (in Japanese).

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