Sharp Scraps Two of Three Tablets
To say that Appleâ€™s iPad has been dominating the tablet market is a gross understatement. It is practically bulldozing its way through its competition that most competitors are already saying â€œuncleâ€ even before their respective products get a chance to stay long in store shelves.
A great example of this domination is what happened to Hewlett-Packard. The well-known tech company waved the flag when its HP TouchPad tablet sold dismally in the market. RIMâ€™s own Playbook tablet is also exhibiting anemic sales and Samsung â€“ arguably Appleâ€™s biggest tablet competitor â€“ has reported very weak sales for its 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Now you can add Sharp to the list of also-rans. The Japanese company has announced that it is going to discontinue two of the three Galapagos tablets it has released to the market less than twelve months ago.
Sharp, which opted not to release sales figures for the Galapagos products, made three versions of the Galapagos tablet: a 5.5 inch, 7-inch and 10.8 inch versions that run on Android 3.2. Sharp decided that it will be discontinuing the 5.5 and 10.8 inch models and will just concentrate on the 7-inch model moving forward. The 7-inch Galapagos is actually the newest in the lineup, having been released only last August. Sharp said the 7-inch version is actually selling well and they are toying with the idea of making an international launch for the product.
The 7-inch Galapagos sells for 44,88 yen, or $585, which is the same price the 16GB iPad is selling. But the Galapagos has only half the internal memory of the iPad.