Top left is Sharp's Keiko Okada at the recent press launch. Top right, the Galapagos tablets and bottom center - the Sharp girls showing off the product
A parade of Sharp girls showing off the new Galapagos e-Reader/tablet
Sharp has announced that it plans to join the e-book party with an online store and a couple of readers available in Japan by the end of the year
The 5.5-inch tablet will feature a trackball for mouse-like navigation
The 10.8-inch tablet is said to be just the right size to offer comfortable reading of a magazine double-page spread
Sharp has revealed plans to launch an e-bookstore and a couple of color tablets/e-book readers in Japan by the end of the year. While the few thousand offerings from online bookstore at launch is unlikely to make a huge dent in Amazon's or B&N's user base, the Galapagos mobile and home tablets look promising. Detailed specifications are sadly lacking but they will both be able to get online wirelessly, play multimedia content and come pre-installed with social networking applications to allow the sharing of comments and favorites with friends and family.
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