As expected, Sharp has begun selling its Galapagos line of tablets in Japan. Peter from Netbook News reports that not only are Sharp’s new 5.5 inch and 10.8 inch tablets available for purchase at computer and electronics stores — but you can find them at convenience stores as well (although they don’t actually appear to be in stock at those locations, just available for order.
Both tablets run Google’s Android operating system, but Sharp is pushing the Galapagos line of tablets as multimedia devices rather than full featured Android tablets. The company will be offering digital books, magazine, videos, and other materials through a content store.
The 5.5 inch tablet is selling for 39,800 yen while the 10.8 inch model runs 54,800 yen. While that would be $475 to $650 US, it’s unlikely that the devices will cost that much if and when they’re made available outside of Japan.