Despite what media reports might have indicated a few months ago Sharp isn’t out of the tablet business and their Galapagos line of tablets isn’t being discontinued. A Sharp executive confirmed as much in an interview today with Asian press. Sharp’s Masami Obatake said, “We’re not withdrawing from the Galapagos business, we’re still continuing with development”.
Mr.Obatake told reporters that Sharp had a new 7-inch tablet in the pipeline for release early next month. The new tablet would feature domestic WiMAX tethering support that can provide up to seven other devices with Internet access, this is a a unique feature. The 7-inch tablet wasn’t given a proper name by Masami Obatake, but he did confirm it will be his companies next Galapagos tablet.
The new 7-inch Sharp Galapagos tablet will be released on December 17, 2011 in Japan. The WiMAX support will be provided by a Japan telecom UQ who offers up to 40 Mbps download speeds and up to 10 Mbps upload speeds on their WiMAX network.
Other hardware specifications for the upcoming 7-inch tablet include a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processing chip, a 1024×600 resolution display, dual cameras (2MP front; 5MP rear), 1GB of RAM, 16 GB of system storage, HDMI output, a final weight of about 400 grams (14 ounces), and Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS for tablets.
Taking the proposed tablets specifications into consideration without any insight on it’s price tag the 7-inch Sharp Galapagos tablet only has one really unique feature and it’s the WiMAX tethering.
A few months back Sharp revealed a 7-inch tablet that was specified just like this WiMAX model today, but that older model was only announced with Wi-Fi support. The older model was named Sharp Galapagos A01SH, you can check out it’s details in this post from August of this year.