Sharp's Galapagos Tablet will arrive in the U.S. in the second half of 2011.
Sharp sure sees tablets as quite the evolutionary technology, as it announced during CES 2011. It may not have made our 10 Best (Worst) Tablet Names Ever list, but the company went with the Darwinian (or volcanic) theme for its entry into the rapidly increasing world of tablets: Galapagos.
Right now the “e-media tablet” device is available in Japan, and it features a spiffy 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touchscreen and proprietary technology called XMDF that automatically adjusts the layout of an e-book or other digital content for optimized viewing (plus Sharp’s cloud-based bookstore is also open in Japan now).
The Galapagos runs on Linux and comes in screen sizes of 5.5 and 10.8 inches - Sharp’s Bob Scaglione noted that neither of those is a definite in porting over the device to U.S. consumers, slated for the second half of 2011, as the company is exploring other solutions in the meantime. The processor running the tablet may also change from the Japanese version.
We just hope the Wi-Fi service employed by the Galapagos for e-reading and web browsing is a little speedier than the namesake islands’ famed behemoth tortoises.
70-inch LED 3D TV
Speaking of behemoth, Sharp also unveiled at its press conference a couple of stunning 70-inch Aquos Quattron LCDs, including the full-array backlit LED LE935 Series 3D model.
Sharp’s John Herrington noted the company’s scheduled releases of five series of 70-inch class and six series of 60-inch class LCD TVs for 2011, including the LE835 series of 40-60-inch edge-lit LED 3D models and LE830 40-60-inch 2D series.
All of Sharp’s new Aquos Quattron sets will have built-in Wi-Fi, with access to the usual slew of apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Netflix and Vudu. Plus owners can access the Aquos Advantage Live remote online customer service that can do diagnostics and help tweak calibration.