How about a tablet that costs just $1? Well, those in Japan are fortunate enough to be able to go home with the new 7 inch Sharp Galapagos by doling out that much of money, which comes to about 100 Yen. However, and unfortunately, that’s not as simple as is being made out as buyers will be required to subscribe to data services from EMOBILE to avail of the huge subsidy. The tablet otherwise costs 44,800 Yen, or around $400.
The latest tablet from Sharp runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb and has a dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1 GHz. It also has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage capacity. The display is of 1024 X 600 pixels and features 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. It has two cameras—a 5 megapixel unit at the rear with Led Flash, while integrated at the front is a 2 megapixel unit. The device has GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and also has accomodations for microSD expansion and an HDMI out slot. As far as battery life goes, the 7.7 Galapagos can work for 7.5 hours and the overall weight of the device is 389 grams.
Sharp offers tablets with 5.5 and 10.8 inch displays, all of which form part of the Galapagos range and are more oriented towards e-book readers. The new 7 inch Galapagos is being billed as a true Android tablet, though it’s all too natural for this tablet too to find application as an e-reader.
No information yet as to when Sharp will introduce its tablet range outside of Japan.
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