The only tablet Galapagos, which will continue to come out of production lines, will be the model with 7-inch screen. In contrast to 5.5 and 10.8-inch tablets that were launched in December 2010, this model was introduced in August 2011 and so far it is available only in Japan. In Japan, the gadget is being sold by the Internet service provider eAccess.
Sharp did not disclose any details about how many tablets have been sold for the nine months since its launch. However, a spokeswoman said that Sharp has achieved the goals set before the launch of Galapagos tablets.
According to sources, Sharp had forecast a target to sell 1 million units by end of 2011, but until now only about 200 thousand Galapagos have been sold, and this may well be the reason behind ceasing of production.
The line of tablets Galapagos was announced by Sharp in September 2010 and at that time it consisted of two models with screens with a diagonal of 5.5 and 10.8 inches. Both tablets run Android operating system.
Sharp has positioned Galapagos tablets primarily as a reading device. In December, when these gadgets went on sale, the Japanese company opened an online store selling digital books and periodicals.