Ready for the good news? Sharp
has gone and announced plans to launch its line of Galapagos tablets on December 10, 2010, which means buyers will have almost 2 weeks to pick one up and put one under the Christmas tree. The bad? It's only launching over in Japan, at least initially.
Sharp is launching both a 10.8-inch model (in black) with a 1366x800 resolution and a 5.5-inch unit (in red or silver) with a 1024x600 resolution. The former will cost around $650 while the latter will run roughly $475.
Other than the physical size, these are very similar units. Both are coming built around Google
platform, both include an 8GB microsSDHC card, and both support 802.11g/b Wi-Fi connectivity. The 10.8-inch model actually has a longer rated battery life at 10.5 hours versus 7 hours for the 5.5-inch version, and the larger tablet also includes a trackball.
No word yet on when these will ship to the States.