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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...
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