Another day, another round of Android tablet announcements. This time, Sharp and Pandigital have unveiled devices that the companies have lined up for a late 2011 release.
Based on the spec sheet, the Sharp Galapagos A01SH tablet is the more exciting of the two as it will launch with Android Honeycomb 3.2. This seven-inch slate will have a 1024 x 600 resolution display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a five-megapixel rear- and three-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 7.5-hour battery. The Galapagos tablet will ship with 8GB for storage, but will support microSD.
The Sharp Honeycomb tablet will ship in Japan by the end of August, and Sharp claims it will come to America by the end of the year. There is no word on pricing, nor is there any indication if Sharp still intends to release the 5.5-inch and 10.8-inch Android tablets it unveiled late last year.
The Pandigital Galaxy
Pandigital is also getting back into the Android tablet game with the Pandigital Planet, Nova and Star tablets, along with the promise of a “flagship product” that the company will announce in December.
Unlike a previous Android product, the Novel, Pandigital is no longer referring to their Android devices as “color eReaders,” and instead are embracing the tablet moniker.
All three tablets will sport an A9 Cortex processor as well as a seven-inch display. They will also support Wi-Fi and HDMI, and come preloaded with the Barnes & Noble eStore. None will have access to the Android Market, so users will have to rely on GetJar for their app needs.
The Planet and Star tablets will run Android 2.2 (Froyo) and feature 2GB of memory, while the Nova will have Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and 4GB of memory.
The Pandigital Planet is now available for $189, while the Nova will ship later this week for the same price. The Pandigital Star will cost $159 when it launches in mid-August.
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