Two models will be available with the 5.5” one, available in RED (EB-W51GJ-R) or SILVER (EB-W51GJ-S) and sold at 39,800 Yen as well as the 10.8” (EB-WX1GJ-B) sold at 54,800 Yen.
Both comes with Wifi B/G, has a Web browser, MicroSD port, a modified version of Google Android OS, support of basic SNS services including Mixi, Twitter… Comes with a selection of games and access to a huge library of e-Books (Around 20,000).
The EB-W51GJ series, the 5.5” weight 220g for a total size of 92x167x12.9mm and has a resolution of 1024×600, while the 10.8” one, the EB-WX1GJ-B weight 765g with a size of 177x286x14.7mm with a resolution of 1366×800.
Sharp’s biggest competitors will be Apple, whose iPad was introduced in Japan four months ago, and Sony, which plans to launch its own e-book service before the end of the year, and has recently launched new versions of its three e-book readers.
Sharp plans to sell 1 million units of the tablet, and is currently speaking to Verizon in the United States about a possible overseas launch.
Sharp e-bookstore which will feature an “Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service” for periodicals as well as delivery of free trial versions of recommended content.
The e-bookstore will feature some 30,000 books at launch, while Sharp plans to expand content to movies, music and games next year.