The Sharp GALAPAGOS media tablet will be on sale in Japan, and users have the option to reserve their set when it becomes available next week. At today’s event at Yodobashi Camera in Akiba and Bic Camera in Yurakucho, the company showcased the media tablet which is based on Android operating system, designed to compete with the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle.

Available in 10.8-inch and 5.5-inch screens, the Sharp GALAPAGOS media tablet offers three distinct features: designed to deliver newspaper and magazine content anytime, anywhere; easy to use and suitable for users who want to read books; and the delivery of image, music and game content early next year.

While it is using Sharp’s proprietary ebook reader software, the GALAPAGOS will also support video and audio playback. It looks like the media tablet may have a shot in the ebook market, seeing how Amazon Kindle is only available online and the Apple iPad focus more on apps than ebooks.

According to Keiko Okada, a group general manager for Sharp, 30,000 books, newspapers and magazines will be available by the end of this year.

Source: PC World