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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 also touts a 3000:1 contrast ratio nad 5ms response time. You can feed it signal over HDMI or DisplayPort,... 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. Dediu also pointed to Apple paying for some of its acquisitions "through uncharacteristic or... 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 by leveraging its portfolio of technologies and persuading other companies such as Hon Hai to become... 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 a "drastic structural reorganization" within the company. Sharp also complained of production delays.... Read more...
At the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) 2012 convention in Japan this morning, Sharp gave attendees a glimpse of its new 5-inch Full HD 1080p LCD panels for smartphones. That's right -- while the majority of Ultrabook makers struggle to cram 1080p displays into thin and light laptops, Sharp is getting it done on smartphone-sized screens. Pixel density checks in at an incredible 443 pixels per inch (ppi), beating out the Retina Display on Apple's iPhone 5 model, which measures 4 inches and features a 326 ppi. It's also higher than the Samsung Galaxy S III (4.8 inches, 306 ppi) and Nokia Lumia 920 (4.5-inches, 332 ppi). Sharp says the 5-inch panels employ CG-Silicon technology,... Read more...
The television market isn't growing as fast as display makers would like, and as we reported earlier in the month, global TV shipments actually declined for the second consecutive quarter, dropping 8 percent yer-over-over in Q2. That's bad news for companies like Sharp, who have made a living selling TV sets. Enter Intel to save the day, at least as far as Sharp is concerned. Sharp, which is in desperate need of cash, is reportedly getting some from Intel in exchange for supplying liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for Ultrabooks. Unlike the television market, Ultrabooks sales are expected to grow and unlikely to see consecutive quarters of reduced shipments. The upside that Intel sees in Sharp... Read more...
On the fence over whether to preorder Apple's new iPhone 5? It's a big decision, considering you're either locking yourself into a two-year service agreement or paying a hefty price for an unsubsidized model, but do yourself a favor and make it quickly. If you don't, a shortage of iPhone 5 devices could ultimately make the decision for you. First and foremost, this is a new Apple product launch, and that in and of itself could lead to a shortage of devices, like it has in the past. However, the real issue Apple is contending with is that Sharp is reportedly having trouble producing iPhone 5 displays in a timely manner, which could lead to a shortage of phones, especially if demand for the device... Read more...
Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn, from here on out) chairman, Terry Gou, is proving to be a shrewd negotiator, as Sharp is finding out. Sharp, which is saddled with debt and reportedly falling behind schedule producing displays for Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 device, is in talks with Foxconn to sell the Taiwanese firm a 9.9 percent stake in the company, but Gou will only agree to the partnership if he's given a management role with Sharp. Gou was scheduled to meet with Sharp executives during a trip to Japan last week, but left the country without notice. It's a power play on his part, and he's making it abundantly clear that he has no intention of casting Foxconn in a role as venture capitalist. "If... Read more...
Where's the fun in a high profile product release without a few bumps in the road along the way? It doesn't look like Apple is going to find out. New reports suggest Sharp is having a tough time keeping up with production requirements for displays that will be used in the iPhone 5, which Apple is expected to announced at a press event next month. It's unclear how far behind schedule Sharp is, though according to Reuter's un-named source, there's definitely trouble. Some of it might be financially motivated. Sharp is said to be struggling with the high costs that come with producing the iPhone 5's touchscreens, so one scenario on the table is that Apple may opt to provide financial incentives... Read more...
If Apple wanted to, it could silence the rumor mill in a New York minute simply by announcing the iPhone 5, or next iPhone (or whatever it will be called), and at some point, the company will. But not today, not tomorrow, and probably not next week either. In the meantime, more information continues to trickle out, most of which is speculation, but not all of it. For example, we now know for sure that Sharp is at least one manufacturer supplying the displays for the iPhone 5, and we know shipments are taking place this month. The reason we know this is because Sharp president Takashi Okuda came out and confirmed it when talking to reporters in Tokyo about the company's quarterly earnings report.... Read more...
Dell and two other companies are going to receive a combined $198.5 million payment from Sharp to settle a civil lawsuit brought forth against a group of companies for setting artificially high prices for liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. Sharp, along with several other companies, was found guilty of price fixing following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and was already dinged for $120 million in fines. This $198.5 million payment is in addition to money already paid. "After broadly considering factors such as the U.S. civil lawsuit system and the facts of this case, Sharp has determined that agreeing to a settlement is the best policy," Sharp said in a statement. As of... Read more...
Most of the time, companies have extol their new devices, and explain why Product A is superior to Product B. But sometimes, you do things like this. Sharp has just introduced the "largest TV on the planet." And really, need we say more? Actually, we do. There are without question TV sets out there larger than this one, but you won't find any as close to these in terms of pricing and consumer-friendliness. The new AQUOS LED TV (model LC-90LE745U) is a 90" beast of a screen, that stands nearly 4' tall and spans 6' 8" wide. The panel is 1080p (shame it's not 4K!), and it weighs a whopping 141 pounds. The 90" class AQUOS features Sharp's proprietary SmartCentral, offering direct access to the most... Read more...
LCD makers got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, so to speak, and now it's time to pay up. The State of California Department of Justice announced a $538 million settlement resulting from a lawsuit filed in October 2010 against 10 companies who allegedly "conspired to fix, raise, maintain, or stabilize prices of TFT-LCD flat panels resulting in overcharges to consumers." The settlement applies to products with LCD panels (computer monitors, laptops, and PCs) purchased between 1999 and 2006, though only if you live in the District of Columbia or one of 24 states named in the settlement, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan,... Read more...
Every so often, we see a camera module that comes out looking so impressive, the immediate thought goes to which DSLR it'll hit next. And then, you realize it's small than a thumb-tack. Sharp has just introduced one of those, calling their newest the industry's thinnest CMOS camera module with optical image stabilization. It's designed for use with smartphones, and it's a 12.1MP, 1/3.2" module that measures just 5.47mm high. The new RJ63YC100 is intended for use in mobile devices such as smartphones. Sample shipments will begin from December 2, 2011. The new module's thin profile has been developed in response to the demand for portable mobile devices with ever more slender designs. The module... Read more...
Let's face it: HDTVs just aren't as white-hot as they used to be. And moreover, those who wanted an HDTV, have probably purchased one by now. Of course, the 3D craze is in full swing, but are sales really proving that people are flocking to replace their 2D 1080p set with one that supports 3D? Sharp, along with loads of other companies, is having to make some tough decisions, with the latest surrounding their LCD business. The company just announced that they'll be restructuring the LCD business in particular, with the "aim of optimizing its production system for LCD panels." What's this mean? Well, it may not be as negative as it sounds at first. The company's Kameyama Plants #1 and #2 have... Read more...
Don't tell your HDTV this, but Sharp, along with NHK (a Japanese broadcaster) developed an 85-inch LCD TV that's the first direct-view display to support a native 7680x4320 resolution (33-megapixels). That renders the set compatible with Super Hi-Vision, a next generation broadcast format NHK has been working on for more than a decade. Talk about HDTV envy. Sharp's set boasts 16X the resolution of a traditional 1080p set, even if that's jumping the gun a little bit. NHK won't begin sending out Super Hi-Vision broadcasts until 2020. Super Hi-Vision supports 22.2 channels of sound and requires lots of bandwidth (24Gbps) to deliver all that content. "The combination of the Sharp technology and NHK’s... Read more...
Funny how quickly 3D found its way into just about everything. Blu-ray players seemed sufficient for awhile, but it didn't take long for movie companies to realize just how profitable 3D could be if you allowed it into the home. The BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U, and BD-HP25U, all from Sharp, start shipping this month. All of these players have one major thing in common. Well, two really. They all handle Blu-ray Discs, and they all handle 3D Blu-ray Discs as well. You'll get HD 3D 1080p/24 fps video output, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audio format decoding, Wi-Fi, DLNA streaming and built-in compatibility with Netflix, VUDU, Pandora and YouTube. That's a pretty wild list of features, making it just a game system... Read more...
It wasn't long ago that Pioneer was selling a line of Elite plasma HDTVs. In 2009, Pioneer abandoned the TV business to focus on other efforts. Now, it appears the Elite brand will be available on TVs once again. Sharp will license Pioneer's Elite brand for a line of high-end flat-panel displays the company plans to introduce in the US and Canada this year. Pioneer currently uses the Elite brand with lines of high-end audio/video receivers, Blu-ray Disc players and speakers. "As a leader in large-screen LCD TV, we are excited to collaborate with Pioneer to bring a high-end LCD TV to the Elite consumer," stated John Herrington, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America president. "The Elite... Read more...
Ready for the good news? Sharp has gone and announced plans to launch its line of Galapagos tablets on December 10, 2010, which means buyers will have almost 2 weeks to pick one up and put one under the Christmas tree. The bad? It's only launching over in Japan, at least initially. Sharp is launching both a 10.8-inch model (in black) with a 1366x800 resolution and a 5.5-inch unit (in red or silver) with a 1024x600 resolution. The former will cost around $650 while the latter will run roughly $475. Other than the physical size, these are very similar units. Both are coming built around Google's Android platform, both include an 8GB microsSDHC card, and both support 802.11g/b Wi-Fi connectivity.... Read more...
Now, the notebook world has one less name in the hat, and one less competitor in the field. Sharp has just revealed that the company is planning to scale back their mobile operations, and that means no more notebooks from Sharp. That's a pretty big move for a company with a name like Sharp. Sharp has a huge reputation in the consumer electronics industry, and to just stop producing notebooks altogether is rather impressive. It's a decision that probably wasn't taken lightly, but the competition in the notebook space has definitely heated up in recent years. Moreover, tablets/UMPCs have grown in popularity, and that's where Sharp intends to focus their efforts now. They're shifting focus from... Read more...
The e-reader market is continuing to explode, despite the fact that tablets have taken over as the major hype machine in the consumer electronics business. Kindle sales have been hotter than ever, and companies are still thinking up ways to rival both it and the iPad. Look at Sharp for example, which has just revealed two new e-reader tablets in very different sizes, both of which are likely to rival the iPad and Kindle in different ways. In conjunction with an e-Bookstore announcement, Sharp has unveiled a new 5.5" and 10.8" e-reader. The 5.5" version is designed for pockets, and it's one of the smallest e-readers we have seen to date. It has a 1024x600 screen resolution, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a... Read more...
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