Sharp are entering the media tablet market with their Galapagos cloud-service e-reader tablets. The EB-W51GJ, which comes in red or silver, started selling in Japan in December 2010, while sales in the US and India are expected to begin in Q1 of 2011. In Japan, the tablet is available from carrier DoCoMo under the name SH-07C.
The EB-W51GJ has a 5.5-inch screen flaunting a 1024x600 px resolution, LED-backlit multi-touch display and weighs just 220 grams. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, has 512 MB of RAM and runs Android 2.2 tailored for Sharp's specific requirements (later upgraded to 2.3).
Connectivity is achieved via Wi-Fi IEEE802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 (mini-USB). The US model is said to feature HSDPA connectivity as well.
The Galapagos also supports SDHC storage cards, up to 32 GB. It also has a 3.5 mm audio jack (but a mono speaker) and accelerometer and a convenient track-ball for easy navigation.
The Galapagos tablet can download content from Sharp's cloud service, initially offering over 30,000 titles. After the 2.3 upgrade, Google's Android Market is available.
Date added/updated: 1 January 1970 – 02:00
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