Sharp Announces Android eReader/Tablet

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Sharp debuted two new Android tablets, one with a 5.5-inch screen, the other with a 10.8-inch display, each nicknamed Galapagos. According to Sharp, the name is “a symbol of the ‘evolution’ of services and terminal devices that constantly bring fresh, new experiences to the user.”

With that in mind, Sharp also announced a cloud-based media service scheduled to launch in December, also nicknamed Galapagos, that will contain approximately 30,000 content assets, including newspapers, magazines and books.

The tablets, which Sharp is marketing as eReaders, will serve as “terminal devices” for the Galapagos cloud network, which as a subscription service will push timely content in the form of new magazine and newspaper content to the tablets.

The 5.5-inch Galapagos, dubbed the “mobile type,” will have a pixel density of 1024 x 600 and trackball navigation. The 10.8-inch Android device, considered the “home type,” will have a pixel density of 1,366 x 800. Both will support 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.

Both the Galapagos service and gadgets will be Japan exclusive. Sharp has not yet announced pricing or a release date. Mashable is reporting that Sharp is working with Verizon to bring Galapagos to the States.

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