Sharp steps into tablet territory with the Galapagos E-Media Tablet

Sharp is the latest manufacturer to jump on the tablet bandwagon

Another day, another manufacturer jumping on the ever-growing tablet bandwagon. And Sharp is the latest company to hop onboard with its Galapagos E-Media Tablet.

Showcased at Sharp's press conference, the tablet packs a 16:9 LCD touchscreen, "rich graphic capabilities" and WiFi connectivity. Sharp's chucking in a cloud-based ebook store too, where you'll be able to download books, magazines, newspapers, movies, games and music, with subscriptions available to those who like to have their daily paper delivered every morning.

It's based on XMDF technology, which means content automatically adjusts to fit the screen; all downloaded content is also stored on a MicroSD card, so you don't need to worry about filling up its internal memory bank with all the books you've been telling yourself you're going to read.

The Galapagos E-Media Tablet is currently available in Japan in 5.5-inch and 10.8-inch flavours, running on a Linux-based system. It's due to put in an appearance in the US in the second half of 2011, however, it's unclear at this stage what the final specs will be. And probably most annoying of all, there's not even a hint of a UK release.

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