Its only the fittest that survive while lesser products get kicked out of the game. That’s a simple rule of nature and the latest to find itself at the receiving end of this is the Sharp Galapagos 5.5 inch and 10.8 inch tablet PCs. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as its not the first time a tablet has been herded off to the chopping block and it surely won’t be the last either. The 7 inch sibling has been spared, though, as Sharp has said it would continue to focus its resources and energy on a single tablet line up.
Sharp has justified the move by saying both the tablets have “fulfilled the purposes that they were designed for.” What exactly the purpose was is best known to Sharp though many believe the two tablets may not have found as many buyers as it had hoped for.
Also, Sharp is taking a different approach to the tablet segment as it is promoting its tablet PCs as devices suitable for reading e-books.
“We believe the market for electronic books will continue to expand. We are continuing our business in the segment,” revealed sources at Sharp Corporation.
Curiously, Sharp isn’t calling the devices e-book readers, while the tablet PCs can take up a lot of tasks that devices of its genres are generally capable of. They can be used to play back video and music files, browse the net or play games. So Sharp is positioning the tablet as a complete entertainment device with special emphasis on e-book reading.
In the meantime, this is what the 7 inch Sharp Galapagos tablet packs. Up front it’s a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display. The now familiar 1.2 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor does duty in conjugation with a 1 GB RAM. Internal memory amounts to 8 GB, while its Android 3.2 Honeycomb that runs the show.
Also, a positive aspect of the entire development is that Sharp is planning to launch the Galapagos tablet to the US soon.