Another Galapagos: Sharp Doesn’t Give Up On Tablets

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In September 2010, Sharp announced a 5.5- and a 10.8-inch Android tablet for the Japanese market, followed by a 7-inch version in August this year. After seeing they had no chance against the iPad 2, Sharp discontinued the first two “Galapagos” models, with the industry betting not on if but when they will stop producing the 7-inch tablet.

But Sharp isn’t ready to give up on the booming tablet market: the company announced yet another Android Galapagos model for the Japanese market yesterday, the Galapagos EB-A71GJ-B.

The specs are looking pretty good:

  • Android 3.2 OS
  • 7-inch LCD with 1,024×600 resolution
  • NVIDIA Tegra2 CPU
  • 1GB memory
  • 8GB internal storage
  • WiMAX
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • tethering possible
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • 2MP inner camera, 5MP outer camera with LED flash
  • microHDMI slot
  • USB, microSD ports
  • size: 195×122×11.9-12.6mm, weight: 396g

Sharp plans to start selling the device in Japan on December 9 for US$780.

Via PC Watch [JP]