Even if worldwide Sharp is not that a big company, the thing is that in Japan they’re pretty big, and let’s see the latest example why. Today Sharp announced two new advanced eBook Readers from the Galapagos series. The two models launched are a 5.5 and a 10.8 inch screen models. The smaller one is codenamed “mobile type” while the bigger version is the “home type” reader tablet.

    What’s interesting about those products is the high screen resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels for the 5.5 inch Galapagos and 1366 x 800 pixels for the 10.8 inch Galapagos. This would make for a great eReading experience. Given the fact that both tablet readers have WiFi, we’ll believe Sharp’s statement that websites will display just like on your desktop on the high res LCD screens.

    The 5.5 inch Galapagos features a trackball for navigation

    The 5.5 inch Galapagos features a trackball for navigation

    Both tablets are connected to the Sharp Ebookstore service, which provides access to more than 30,000 newspapers, magazines, and books (more will be launched soon after the official launch). Sharp also mentions “Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service“, which will bring media to you device automatically for your subscriptions, so you’ll literally wake up in the morning and ‘pick up the newspaper’ from your front door. Now, about eBooks, Sharp says that a social network application will enable sharing of comments and wish lists between friends.

    What’s not said is the price and complete specs (what OS for example) as I expect color LCD screens to affect battery life on the Sharp Galapagos. Anyway, those too look like pretty formidable eBook readers with a lot  of tablet features.

    The Sharp Galapagos tablets

    The Sharp Galapagos tablets

    And here’s a short video presentation from Sharp (you might  need a few Japanese lessons to understand what they’re saying):