|Sharp Galapagos Tablet PC|
"After the sale in the U.S., we will search for new markets where the electronic book sales continue to mengalam improvement," said Masami Ohbatake, Sharp Corp. executive business communications. Galapagos Sharp went on sale in Japan since 10 December, with a choice of two models, each 5.5 inches at 474 U.S. dollars and 10.8 inches at 653 U.S. dollars.
Previously, other Japanese manufacturers, Sony Corp., are also determined to generate more business e-Reader to boost their market share in the electronic book industry. Electronic book sales worldwide are expected to increase to 26.5 million units through 2014. The amount is already included sales of tablet PCs like the iPad.
"I'm not sure the Sharp Galapagos Tablet PC can win the market," said Atul Goyal senior analyst at CLSA Asia Pacific in Singapore. This product must compete with similar products are increasingly widespread, but that with a fairly high price and no great brand strength will be difficult to make these products sold in the market.