Sharp Abandoning PC for Android Tablets

A report out of Japan indicates that Sharp Corp. is bailing out of the personal computer business. Rather than manufacture desktops and notebooks for Microsoft’s Windows OS, the company will instead focus its attention on its Android-based Galapagos tablets and associated content hitting the market this December.

"Our intention is to shift from just selling the product to expand to the business model of contents services business in addition to e-book product sales," a Sharp spokeswoman told PC World.

The shift away from the market shouldn’t be surprising. The last personal computer product manufactured by Sharp was a laptop PC in October 2009, part of Microsoft’s Windows 7 global launch. By the end of the year, Sharp had completed its shift away from the sector by discontinuing PC production altogether.

Although Japan’s Nikkei business daily reports that the company has pulled out of the sector, PC World stated that Sharp would neither confirm the report or confirm if it had any notebook PCs currently in development.

Sharp’s Galapagos tablets--arriving in December in 5.5-inch and 10-inch form factors--will serve as a platform for its upcoming domestic e-book and e-newspaper store, offering consumers around 30,000 titles. The company plans to introduce music, video and other e-commerce services in the future. Sharp is currently talking with Verizon to launch the tablets here in the States.

Nikkei said that Sharp’s exit from the PC market won’t generate any local facility-related changes, as the company outsourced production overseas. Current customers will continue to receive support for their purchased products.

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  • Anonymous
    Sharp sell PC? never heard of it.
    But they do make great air conditioner, though.....
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  • Anonymous
    Sharp sell PC? never heard of it.
    But they do make great air conditioner, though.....
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  • Anonymous
    Sharp laptops were rather well made -- I think bigger in Japanese market than elsewhere.
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  • Anonymous
    I'm ready to look at tablets powered by Android somewhere other than England...or Ebay. When Ipad's prospective customers find better systems and haedware, the quality in all of them will rise and we will reap the rise in quality no matter what we buy. I will probably wait for year 2 of the the new Android tablets, the cream will rise to the top. I want a 10 incher!
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