Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sharp to Release 2 Tablets Plus an e-bookstore

Seems that another company is throwing their hat into the tablet ring.  Sharp Electronics is planning on introducing 2 tablets plus an e-bookstore in December... but for the Japanese market.  According to Sharp, the e-bookstore will offer approximately 30,000 newspapers, magazines, and books.  In addition, it will also include a "Automatic Schedule Delivery Service" for periodicals, which will allow magazine and newspaper publishers to automatically push new editions to the tablets.  No word on pricing but should be available later this year.

As for the tablets, Sharp will introduce two tablets, called the Galapagos, that will work with the company's e-bookstore.  The first tablet will boast a 5.5-inch LCD display and come in either a red or silver finish.  It will have Wi-Fi, but no other connectivity options.  In addition, Sharp will introduce a 10.8" tablet which will only come in black.  

Other than this, there is no additional information on pricing or availability.  However according to Reuters, the company is in talks with Verizon to bring the tablets to the US market.  This should mean that the tablet would have 3G capabilities.  Rumor is that the tablet will be using Android but no confirmation from Sharp on this.

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