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It is a bit early to be doing spring cleaning, but you might as well take that crusty 'old' 4K television of yours and put it by the road, or dumpster. Yes, the 75-incher you just bought—it is obsolete, yesterday's news, a relic! Okay, not really (and don't actually get rid of it!). However, TV makers have already begun hitching their roadmaps to the 8K hype train, with Sharp the latest to introduce one (another one, actually), it being an absolutely mammoth 120-inch model. Not for the faint of wallet I'm sure, this would make a great addition to your living room PC, which you will soon be equipping with a GeForce RTX 3090, right? During the GeForce RTX 30 series reveal, NVIDIA showed a... Read more...
Nintendo over the past month has released two new gaming consoles: the all-new Nintendo Switch Lite and a revised version of the original Nintendo Switch. The Switch Lite is a smaller and lighter console with fixed controllers, while the revised "standard" Switch looks largely the same as the original, but features vastly improved battery life. We're now learning thanks to a new report that these new Switch consoles may be benefiting from a previously undisclosed hardware upgrade. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sharp Executive VP Katsuaki Nomura confirmed that his company is proving indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) display panels to Nintendo for the Switch.  IGZO panels... Read more...
The Essential Phone introduced us to the display notch, and its prevalence in flagship phones ballooned with the release of the Apple iPhone X a few months later. Now, save for a few smartphones from Chinese OEMs with pop-up selfie cameras, most flagship smartphones have some type of display notch. However, Sharp isn't content with just having a single notch on its latest smartphone: the Aquos R3. Instead, the smartphone has two notches -- one at the top, and one at the bottom. The top notch wraps around the 16.3MP selfie camera, while the bottom notch curves around the bottom-mounted fingerprint sensor.  It's definitely an interesting looking device with the dual notches, and... Read more...
If you’re in the market for a big screen TV, there have been waves of great deals rolling in over the past few weeks to satisfy your buying urges. Today, we’ve got another smoking deal, this time on a 55-inch Smart TV from Sharp. In this case, we’re talking about the Sharp LC-55LBU591U, which is a 55-inch 4K HDR TV for those that are looking for more budget-minded entry. More importantly, this is a Roku TV, which means has a built-in Roku Smart TV interface giving you easy access to multiple streaming platforms including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, YouTube TV, HBO Go and numerous others. You’ll also have access to Roku’s own streaming... Read more...
Can you remember the last time you bought a PC built by Sharp? For many of you reading this, the answer is probably "never," though Sharp is indeed in the PC business, having purchased Toshiba's PC division last year for four billion yen (~$36 million). Sharp apparently plans to make a splash—at a recent press event in Tokyo, Sharp unveiled an all-in-one desktop PC with an 8K resolution display. The new Dynabook system wields a large 31-5-inch display with an IGZO panel sporting a 7680x4320 resolution and fast 120Hz refresh rate. It also supports HDR visuals. It doesn't quite reach the 1,000 nits brightness level that is ideal for HDR content, but gets fairly close at 800 nits, which is... Read more...
Those rapscallions over at Sharp have gone and made the shiny new 4K TV in your living room obsolete with the launch of its new 8K TV set. The AQUOS 8K TV is the first 8K resolution TV in the world, with some caveats, and you can't even buy it in the U.S. The TV is only to be offered in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Europe. Chinese hi-res TV fans can buy the set in October. In Japan, the AQUOS 8K Series 8k compatible TVs will land in December and Taiwan gets them in February of 2018. European fans will need to wait until March 2018. Sharp says that the 8K TV has 16 times the resolution of Full HD images. Sharp writes in the press release, "It [8K TV] reproduces images at ultimate reality, with ultra-fine... Read more...
Foxconn has announced that it is making a massive investment into a new U.S. manufacturing facility. The gigantic factory will cover 20,000 square feet and is said to be a virtual village with the factory, housing, and services arrayed around a 1,000 acre parcel of land. The investment in the facility by Foxconn will cost $10 billion and will be constructed somewhere in Wisconsin. The construction of the facility is expected to be completed by 2020, and could employ as many as 13,000 workers. One source claims that when completed with other suppliers wanting to relocate closer to the new Foxconn factory, as many as 22,000 jobs could be created in the area. The factory will build LCDs with the... Read more...
Apple typically likes to keep things very close to the best when it comes to its unreleased products. Apple suppliers are usually very tight-lipped and rarely telegraphic the movements of the world’s most profitable smartphone manufacturer. However, it appears that Tai Jeng-wu, the recently installed CEO of Japanese display maker Sharp, didn’t get that memo. While speaking to a group of students at Tatung University over the weekend while receiving an honorary doctorate, Tai stated, "The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels.” Those comments aren’t exactly shocking, as Apple has been widely expected to make the shift to OLED panels... Read more...
Sharp has been hitting it out of the park with display technology recently, and that technological prowess is on full display with the company’s new 27-inch 8K (7680x4320) IPS IGZO display. We’ve seen 8K panels before, but they’re usually on the larger side of the spectrum (i.e. LG’s 98-inch UH9800 8K television). Sharp’s latest monitor, however, crams all of those pixels into much smaller package at 326 pixels per inch (giving it about the same pixel density as a 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 7). Showcased at the CEATEC technology expo in Japan, the panel supports 120Hz refresh rates at 8K, and has a brightness rating of 1000 nits. Oh, and we should mention that it also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR).... Read more...
We would understand it if you were not a fan of curved smartphones, or displays that can bend; both are niche, and are not going to cater to the masses. Sharp has just shown off a new type of display, however, and it seems a lot more people should be able to get behind it. Imagine a smartphone with real curved corners. Have a poor imagination? Don't fret; just take a look at the image below: Thanks to Sharp's "Free-Form Display" technology, which allows device makers to customize the display to any shape they need, curved corners as seen here is no problem at all. The specific concept is called "Corner R", and it utilizes IGZO LCD panels. The result is downright awesome. Concept or not, the smartphone... Read more...
A few months back, we brought you news of Sharp’s RoboHon, which played up Japan’s fascination with robots on a much smaller scale. The RoboHon is capable of walking, standing up, sitting down and dancing among its other many talents (like understanding voice commands). Robohon also doubles as a smartphone complete with an LTE radio, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (with 2GB RAM). The cute little robot has 16GB of onboard storage, a 1700mAh battery and a minuscule 2-inch QVGA display. Other features include an 8MP CMOS camera, a 720p pico-projector, and it runs Android 5.0. We were told back in October that RoboHon would be available in Japan at the start... Read more...
Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that builds most of Apple's iPhone devices and other mobile products, is said to have offered around 600 billion yen ($5.1 billion in U.S. currency) to take over Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp., the latter of which has seen better days.Citing a person familiar with the talks, Bloomberg says the struggling electronics maker has until the end of January to respond to the offer. It's the latest attempt by Foxconn, otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision, to take controlling interest in Sharp, efforts of which date back several years.In 2012, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou bought a 38 percent stake in Sharp's display factory in Japan. At the same time, Foxconn presented... Read more...
Is that a robot in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? We’ve seen some crazy contraption come out of Japan over the years, but this is one of the cutest and most intriguing products that has come across our news desk. The gadget in question is called the RoboHon, and at first glance it looks like a friendly little robot — and you wouldn’t be wrong to make such an assumption. But RoboHon, which is manufactured by Sharp, has a whole gaggle of tricks up its sleeve including the ability to walk, stand up, sit down, and even dance. RoboHon is also incredibly “intelligent” with the capacity to understand voice commands, identify faces using visual identification software, and even blast music... Read more...
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 makers equipped with the 4K panel by around the middle of next year, if not sooner than that.... 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 group, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) might step in with an investment... 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: "Conventional displays are rectangular because they require a minimal width for the bezel in order... 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. Ports include three USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort out with 4K support, HDMI out, headphone jack, and an... 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 operation. The PN-K322B features a palm cancellation function that prioritizes pen input even when the... 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 around half of its staff cut, with directors cut from 12 to 6. Product-wise, the company plans to "focus... 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 into Sharp for a 3 percent stake of the company. "We did get a proposal from Samsung, but we declined,"... 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 to Qualcomm, which itself invested $120 million in Sharp in December. Another interesting tidbit... 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 some immediate help by injecting nearly $60 million into Sharp by the end of the year. It's not... Read more...
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