Sharp to Launch Galapagos Tablets in Time for Christmas

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's Android 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.