Sharp Galapagos 5.5 & 10.8 Inch Tablets Visit the FCC

January 4, 2011, By Alexandru Ion

Sharp had unveiled its Galapagos line of tablets in July last year, and the tablets were launched a month later in Japan. Now the two devices have been spotted at the FCC. This suggests that the company has plans to launch the devices in the US in the very near future.

Sharp Galapagos 5.5 & 10.8 Inch Tablets Visit the FCC

The two devices in the Galapagos line are the 5.5 inch tablet known as the EB-WX51GJ, seen on the left side in the above picture, and the EB-WX1GJ, which is a 10.8 inch tablet (above right).

It appears that the devices are running what seems to be a Linux-based OS. Earlier info had suggested that the tablets will run Android, but they do not as you can see in the photos below.

Sharp Galapagos 5.5 & 10.8 Inch Tablets Visit the FCC

Earlier, we had reported that the company had plans to launch its tablets and its Galapagos content service on other markets in the world including the US. Now, since the tablets have appeared on the FCC listings, the tablets will most probably be launched in the US soon.

It also appears that the company is targeting the eBook Reader market with the new tablets.

That is why Sharp has equipped the 5.5-inch model with a high-res 1024×600 display and the 10.8-inch model with a high-res 1366×800 display. And it will also be convenient for the customers that the devices come in two different screen sizes.

But Sharp also believes that the tablets can become good rivals to the Apple iPad, by being able to work as general purpose media devices also.

So far there has been no confirmation about the pricing as well as a possible release date in the US. We will let you know as soon as there is an announcement.

Source: Wirelessgoodness



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