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Sharp Shows Their 5.5″ and 10.8″ Galapagos Android Tablets

December 7, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

We told you back in September that Sharp was getting ready to launch some tablets and now they’re officially unveiled by the company itself. The tablets come in 2 sizes : 5.5 inches and 10.8 inches, both with pretty high resolution for what we’re used to at those sizes. The 5.5 inch model will have a 1024 x 600 resolution, while the 10.8 inch device will have a 1366 x 800 resolution. That is great, but I think 1280 x 800 is much better suited for a 10 inch tablet.

The 5.5 inch tablet will cost $473 while the 10.8 inch model will cost $642. The prices seem a little expensive, especially since we don’t know anything about their internals. Even so, I think that in order to be successful, Android tablets need to compete with the $500 iPad, not the more expensive Android competition. They should do this for a very simple reason: people perceive *all* iPads are basically $500, so why would they get a tablet they know a lot less about for a bigger price when they could get the iPad? Plus, I don’t want tablets prices to jump too high, like towards $1000, as the price of Galaxy Tab has jumped in Europe.