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How many pixels can you cram on a smartphone display? A whole bunch, is our technical answer. As proof of this, Sharp announced the creation of the world's first (and of course only) 5.5-inch mobile display with an Ultra HD 4K resolution. Yes, that's 3840x2160, which works out to a mighty impressive 806 pixels per inch. Citing a Greek-language blog that seemingly managed to obtain information and Japanese-language press images from Sharp, PhoneArena says the 4K smartphone display is scheduled to go into mass production in 2016. That means you should start to see flagship devices from various smartphone... Read more...
Sharp, the maker of Aquos HDTVs and other electronics, is facing some tough choices as begins the restructuring process. One of those choices may be whether to spin off its display business entirely. A Sharp spokesperson has indicated to Reuters that it is considering multiple options and didn’t confirm that a display spinoff is on the horizon. Sharp has denied that a spinoff is a possibility in the past. The company is known to have suffered losses in recent years, however, and multiple reports suggest that a spinoff could be on the table. If Sharp spins off its display business, a Japanese government-backed... Read more...
All the talk in the display sector seems to revolve around 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) these days, but that's not the only thing going on in the industry. If you focus your attention over at Sharp, you'll see the company is pretty excited about its new "Free-Form Display," a new type of technology that allows for the creation of varied display designs. Using IGZO technology combined with proprietary circuit design methods, Sharp is able to build displays that take on funky shapes and curves rather than stick with a traditional rectangular or square design. Here's a look at Sharp's prototype:... Read more...
The old notion that tablets should only be a certain size or two is long gone, and to that end Sharp has one in the works that boasts a 15.6-inch 3K display from IGZO. The big slate runs Windows 8.1 Pro (with a Windows 7 Pro SP1 downgrade for those who prefer), and there are some impressive specs under the hood. The tablet (RW-16G1) has a dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U (1.6GHz) processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and a 128GB SSD--in other words, ultrabook specs. It comes with a stylus with pressure detection, and it for communication there’s 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC.... Read more...
It's becoming ever more clear that 4K technology will gain some serious traction once it penetrates the mainstream with reasonable pricing, and if televisions weren't enough, Sharp's hoping to garner some attention with a new touchscreen LCD monitor. The new PN-K322B is a 32" LCD with a full 4K resolution (3840x2160), and yes, you can touch it. Assuming you can afford one, of course. Its high-precision touchscreen allows accurate onscreen handwriting of fine text and lines, with writing performed via a dedicated touch pen with a pen-tip width of just 2 mm. The display also supports multi-touch... Read more...
These aren't easy times for Sharp. The company has been reeling for years now, and this isn't the first occasion where we've heard that Sharp may need to take drastic measures just to remain afloat. The latest report suggests that around 5,000 Sharp employees will soon be heading for the exits, with directors and advisory roles being hit the hardest. Also, it'll shift production to a three-year plan to hopefully recover in time. Most of Sharp's job losses will mount overseas. With around 51,000 employees, 5,000 isn't a huge percentage, but it'll still be felt. The main office in Osaka will see... Read more...
Samsung's product portfolio is about as varied as it comes. Yes, Samsung is perhaps best known for its TVs and Galaxy line of handsets and tablets, but it also sells laptops, media players, camcorders, media cards, monitors, Blu-ray players, and even an extensive range of home appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers. Did you know Samsung sells printers, too? It does, and it reportedly tried to buy Sharp's copier and printer business. According to Reuters, Sharp rejected Samsung's offer to buy its copier and printer business before agreeing on a deal that saw Samsung invest $110 million... Read more...
Cash strapped Sharp in November of last year said it was taking "drastic" measures to cope with a "worse than expected drop" in LCD TV sales, which contributed to a full-year net loss forecast of $5.6 billion. Part of Sharp's plan included a structural reorganization, but there were also reports the company was looking for outside help to stay afloat. It may have found it. According to Reuters, Sharp is receiving a $110 million cash infusion from Samsung. The $110 million investment translates into a 3 percent stake for Samsung, qualifying the company as the leading foreign shareholder right next... Read more...
Japanese TV maker Sharp is in desperate need of a cash infusion, and it may be getting one from Qualcomm, which is reportedly going to invest as much as $120 million into the company. That would make Qualcomm Sharp's largest share holder, and could save the company from collapse. According to Reuters, Qualcomm will work with Sharp through its Pixtronix subsidiary to design next generation display technologies. The two sides might also collaborate on chipset fabrication. "With this agreement Sharp will accelerate its strategy for growth in small-to-medium-sized LCDs," Sharp said. Qualcomm will provide... Read more...
These days, it seems like tablet and panel makers are doing everything they can to be the best at being small. But Sharp, the company responsible for a 90" HDTV, has other plans. The LL-S201A "BIG PAD" was just revealed, and it's a 20" LCD-backlit screen that can handle ten-point multi-touch input, and ships with a stylus that measures 2mm at the tip. What's it for? Almost anything, evidently. You can use it as a digital sketchpad, a secondary touch-enabled monitor, or perhaps the world's wildest laptop if you have the right hacking skills. The unit boasts a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, and... Read more...
Notice anything special about this here phone? If you held it close enough to your eye, you just might. Sharp has just announced the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E, shipping in Japan on NTT DoCoMo. What's so clever about it? It's shipping with a IGZO-based display. The 4.9" 720p panel is a high-brightness, low-energy device that supposedly sucks down less power than most others out there. It'll ship with Android 4.0, a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a wild 16MP camera and an LTE radio. It'll be available in a variety of colors, but there's no pricing information being made public just yet.... Read more...
Sharp recently warned investors that it was on the verge of collapse after doubling its full-year net loss forecast to $5.6 billion, citing a "worse than expected drop" in LCD TV sales in Japan and China. At the time, it was being reported that Sharp was looking for outside help to stay afloat, and was in talks with Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) to become the company's largest shareholder. Did Apple beat them to the punch? Horace Dediu, an analyst with Asymco, took note of some interesting financial happenings at Apple, including the fact that expenditures overall were $2.3 billion higher than forecast.... Read more...
There was a time when names like Sharp, Panasonic, and Sony were the cream of the crop when it came to consumer electronics, but things have not been going well for any of those companies. Sharp announced that it is unlikely to survive on its own after posting an expected net year loss of $5.6 billion, which is about double what it predicted for the time period. This is despite drastic measures to return to profitability that included a $1.1 billion restructuring this summer with bank loans, deep job cuts, and mortgaging its factories and other facilities. The Japan-based company is hoping that... Read more...
Purchased a new television lately? Unfortunately for Sharp, most people aren't upgrading their TVs, hence part of the reason why the struggling electronics maker doubled its full-year net loss forecast to $5.6 billion. Speaking to its second quarter financial results, Sharp noted a "worse than expected drop" in LCD TV sales in Japan and China. This caused overall LCD TVs sales to drop "drastically" compared to the same period last year, Sharp said. Sharp used the word "drastic" quite a bit in its financial report, referring to "drastic price drops of products and devices," and the need to institute... Read more...
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