Earlier this year, Brad got to spend some hands-on time with Sharp’s 5.5 and 10.8 inch Galapagos tablets. Now, Sharp is offering a new model that splits the difference in sizes — the 7.7 inch Sharp Galapagos A01SH.

Like the previous models, the A01SH features a customized version of the Android operating system. This time, however, it’s Android 3.2 Honeycomb. For hardware, the AO1SH sports a dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 processor at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 1024×600 pixel display, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, 5MP rear (with LED flash) and 2MP front-facing cameras, microSD expansion, HDMI output, and GPS.

The 7.7 Galapagos is estimated to deliver 7.5 hours of “normal” usage on its battery, and it weighs in at a scant 389 grams (just under 14 ounces). That’s about 10% less than the BlackBerry PlayBook, which is roughly the same size.

The real kicker with the A01SH is that potential Japanese buyers can pick up the tablet for just $1 if they sign up for service from mobile data carrier EMOBILE. To buy the tablet outright will set you back 44,800 Yen (around $400). It launched in Japan just last week.

via Netbook News

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Lee Mathews

Computer tech, blogger, husband, father, and avid MSI U100 user.

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