It looks like Sharp is finally getting set to take its own swan dive into the Android race. They’ve released the developer version of their IS01 MID tablet device (named the JN-DK01), as well as a special SDK to go along with it. Developers will be able to scoop this delectable piece of hardware up right now, while consumers will be able to get their hands on it sometime in June.
None of the specs have changed since it was first announced, sporting a 5-inch capacitive touch-screen with a resolution of 960×480 (with Sharp specifically asked developers to target their applications to 854×480), 4GB of internal memory, and that familiar 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor we’ve all fallen in love with.
Sharp’s special SDK extends on the Android SDK by giving you more control over some of the device’s unique hardware features, such as the LED flashlight, camera, infrared capabilities, and more. For now, the developer version is only being released in Japan, and it looks like the consumer version will follow that same route.
If you’re a consumer, you will definitely want to pass this up as it does not come with any Google (or Sharp) apps preinstalled. This is purely for the coders, so sit tight and you should get your shot at owning this next month.