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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...
If you've been watching television lately, you've probably heard some buzz about "Quattron." It's a new technology from Sharp that they seem really quite proud of, and now they're finally delivering it on a new range of HDTVs. The general concept is that Quattron adds a fourth sub-pixel of color (yellow) to go along with red, green and blue; in theory, this makes colors more vivid. Now, consumers can expect all AQUOS LCD HDTVs for years to come to be based around this tech. At this year's IFA show in Berlin, Sharp is introducing more than 30 LCD HDTVs with the key feature being Quattron. There's the 3D model range (LE925E) as well as the LE924E, LE824E and LE814E and AQUOS NET+1. The 3D models... Read more...
Thanks to high definition video, pictures, and other digital files, we need increased amounts of storage. Soon, the storage capacity of Blu-ray discs could double. In fact, companies such as Sharp, TDK, and Verbatim are already making plans to launch new discs that can store up to 100GB of data. According to a statement, Sharp will start selling a Blu-ray disc with a capacity of 100GB in Japan starting today. The VR-100BR1 disc conforms to the BDXL format specification announced in April by the Blu-ray Disc Association. Last week, TDK made plans to start selling 100GB Blu-ray discs in September. Verbatim has also announced plans to ship 100GB Blur-ray discs next year. Currently, Blu-ray discs... Read more...
If there's one area where companies have flocked to play catch up, it's the tablet PC market. There's no doubt that the race to catch the iPad is on, but there's one other area where companies have also been flocking, albeit with less commotion. That's the e-reader market, where Amazon's Kindle still dominates and the Barnes & Noble NOOK is the next closest competitor. But a lot of smaller companies are attempting to undercut the big players with cheaper, less featured devices. Only time will tell if people really are willing to pay less for e-readers without 3G or Wi-Fi, but we suspect that Sharp won't be one of those companies who just strips their e-reader down in hopes of competing. According... Read more...
Is the SideKick back? No, not by name, but it definitely is back in spirit. Sharp, which doesn't have a huge amount of phones available for sale in the U.S., is about to get back into the spotlight with the new FX. It's a simply named phone, and it's designed as a "quick messenging" device, but it's capable of much more. It's also the latest AT&T Mobile TV-capable device, complete with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an MP3 player, 2MP camera (with camcorder) and Bluetooth 2.1. There's also a Web browser, AT&T Navigation, and the ability to watch mobile TV while in a 3G area. The service is provided by FLO TV, which costs $9.99/month and provides access to content from ABC Mobile, Adult... Read more...
We've sure come a long way since the days of 1.44MB floppy disks and the like. Beginning July 30, 2010, Sharp will beginning selling its VR-100BR1 triple-layer Blu-ray disc media, a write-once disc capable of storing up to 100GB of data. "This disc media product conforms to the new BDXL format specification that extends the storage capacity of Blu-ray discs to 100GB, twice the 50GB storage capacity of existing dual-layer discs," Sharp said. "This new format enables recording approximately 12 hours of terrestrial digital TV broadcasts or approximately 8.6 hours of BS digital TV broadcasts." This ranks as the world's first triple-layer Blu-ray media to come with 100GB of storage capacity. To keep... Read more...
Call it a gimmick if you will, but as far as hardware manufacturers are concerned, the 3D craze is better described as a cash cow. Enter Sharp, who announced plans to milk the market starting with Japan when the company begins selling 3D-capable LCD TVs later this summer."We are now one step closer to such things as 3D displays with the world's best quality or the ultimate display," Sharp Executive Vice President Masafumi Matsumoto said during a news conference today.Following the launch in Japan, Sharp will follow suit in China, Europe, and the United States by December, presumably in time for the holiday shopping spree. According to Sharp, the upcoming displays will be the world's first 3D... Read more...
3D is going places that you never thought possible, and honestly, in more places than you probably ever imagined. Just a couple of years ago, 3D was seen as a has-been format that died out in the 80s. Today, it's the "next big thing." As if taking over the cinema and your living room weren't enough, 3D is also coming to handheld gaming consoles. And maybe, your next phone. Sharp has announced that it will start making "advanced 3D displays for cellphones and other mobile devices that don't require special viewing glasses," so it's very likely that 3D versions of devices you already own will start popping up soon. The great news here is that no extra glasses are required, which is a big deviation... Read more...
Verizon Wireless is planning to introduce two new phones from Microsoft in May or June according to sources familiar with the matter. The new phones will target teenagers and will offer easy access to social networking sites and keyboards for text messaging. Reports claim the phones will be made by Sharp and will have the Microsoft and Verizon Wireless brands. A Microsoft-branded phone is a new move for the company; until now, Microsoft has focused on providing the Windows Mobile software to phone manufacturers rather than selling a model under its own brand. Microsoft still intends to work closely with handset manufactures that make Windows phones and the mobile carriers that sell the phones... Read more...
Sharp has announced that it's now capable of building a blue-violet laser with an optical output of 500mW that's capable of writing triple and quadruple-layer Blu-ray (BD) discs at up to 8x. (36MB/s) In theory, this new development could be attractive to consumers/businesses who prefer to backup to optical disc, but find themselves hampered by the 25GB (single-layer)/50GB (dual-layer) capacity of current BD-R drives.Breakthroughs in optical storage density/speed can be interesting in and of themselves, but Sharp's announcement would be a lot more exciting if BD-R drives and media weren't so expensive. This is less an issue for BD recorders—a 5.25" Blu-ray drive is about $105 at NewEgg, compared... Read more...
If you haven't generated a UMPC/MID/Tablet PC of your own by now, you've probably missed the boat. In an effort to catch the last vessel out, Sharp has this week introduced a new portable PC that isn't likely to sell well based on figures from prior attempts, but it's certainly a compelling device. The so-called mini mobile PC is designed to boot up quickly, support touch inputs and recognize key presses via a QWERTY keyboard. One could say that this unit slides into the confusing new "smartbook" category, which is designed to please those who feel that a smartphone is too small and a netbook too large. This "NetWalker" device ships with a 5" high-resolution touch panel (1024x600), 800MHz Freescale... Read more...
We've hit somewhat of a drought here lately in the world of HDTVs, but Sharp is making sure we're not left to wait any longer for new panels. This week, the company introduced its first-ever AQUOS HDTV with a LED backlight as well as the industry's first 60" LCD HDTV. The 65-inch LC-65E77UM (64-33/64" Diagonal) and 60-inch LC-60E77UN (60-1/32" Diagonal) AQUOS LCD TVs join the E77 series, and both sport 1080p panels. The each employ Sharp's Advanced Super View (ASV) Superlucent Panel in order to display brighter and crisper images than usual, and the Fine Motion Enhanced technology for 120Hz Frame Rate Conversion keeps things judder-free. The duo also features a 4ms response time, so it should... Read more...
It’s becoming more and more common that U.S. Customs agents are finding smuggled drugs in shipments traveling to the U.S. from Mexico. Electronics manufacturers are among the mix of manufacturers who have been targeted by various smuggling and hijacking attempts. Last month, U.S. Customs agents got a surprise when they checked a trailer of an 18-wheel truck. The truck was crossing into El Paso, Texas from Mexico. It contained more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana that was hidden among auto parts bound for U.S. factories. Last year, a ton and a half of marijuana entered Sharp Electronics Co.'s television assembly plant in Rosarito, a suburb of Tijuana. The shipment came by means of a Mexican supplier... Read more...
Sharp claims that its new AQUOS DX series of LCD TVs are the world's first LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray recorders. The new DX series TVs will be available in Japan starting in November and will come in sizes ranging from 26 inches to 52 inches. The TVs will include dual-digital tuners and can record high-definition video to Blu-ray Discs (BD) using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoding. With a 50GB BD, up to about 21 hours and 40 minutes of compressed high-definition video can be recorded to disc. On the other end of the spectrum, about 2 hours and 10 minutes of the highest-quality video can be recorded on a 25GB BD. You can start recording to disc in as little as three seconds after a disc is inserted,... Read more...
Dell’s lineup of flat panel displays have proven themselves to be reliable, stylish, and typically right on par price-wise with some of the most inexpensive LCD monitors on the market. They’ve delivered exceptional bang for the buck, and throughout the years, they’ve managed to improve the quality of the screens and the overall feature sets while overall prices have gone down. While this is also true for the rest of the monitor industry, Dell has retained their reputation for reliability, which still sticks with them today. Sure, Dell displays don’t have the raw sexiness of Apple’s Cinema series displays, but they’re typically quite a bit cheaper while offering more functionality.Perhaps the... Read more...
We’re willing to bet that many of you have wildly varied opinions of Dell. Some no doubt consider them a huge, monolithic corporation who pushes out generic computers without a soul; while others consider them to be pioneers of the low-cost PC movement, who (almost) single-handedly made computers available to nearly every price point. No matter what your opinion of Dell as a company is, it is difficult to find many people in IT circles who dislike their monitor division. Dell’s lineup of flat panel displays have proven themselves to be reliable, stylish, and typically right on par price-wise with some of the most inexpensive LCD monitors on the market. They’ve delivered exceptional bang... Read more...
There is a report in the Wall Street Journal today that states that Sony and Sharp have teamed up and will share an LCD manufacturing facility that is currently being built in western Japan. "Japanese electronics makers Sony Corp. and Sharp Corp. said Tuesday they will form a joint venture to make liquid-crystal display panels for televisions at Sharp's new plant as both sides seek to solidify their positions in an increasingly competitive market. Under the terms of the agreement, Sharp will spin off its LCD panel facilities at a new plant that it is building in western Japan, and share its ownership with Sony. Sharp will hold a controlling stake of 66% in the joint venture, with Sony taking... Read more...
Today Dell quietly introduced the new UltraSharp 2408WFP 24" widescreen flat panel display, as you can see it is already available for sale on Dell’s site.  Like the 3008WFP we evaluated here, the 2408WFP supports DisplayPort connectivity which will become increasingly more common as the next generation of graphics cards roll in.  DisplayPort isn’t the only connectivity option with this monitor, however, as is evident in the picture below... The 2408WFP's input options The Dell 2408WFP features HDMI, DVI, VGA, component, S-Video and composite video connections, in addition to a 9-in-2 media card reader and 4-port USB hub.  Dell's UltraSharp 2408WFP Display According to the monitor’s... Read more...
This morning we’re ringing in the new year with a special treat.   We’ve taken Dell’s brand new UltraSharp 3008WFP for a spin around the block and we think you’ll be interested in seeing how she handled.  Here's a snip from the piece..."It's easy to see where Dell was going with the introduction of their new UltraSharp 3008 WFP 30" LCD display.  Calling upon the input received from previous 30" panel incarnations and marrying these feature requests in with new technologies like a wider color gamut and the bleeding-edge of display interface technologies.  As the first DisplayPort-enabled LCD from Dell, the 3008 WFP is claiming that sexy is back.  No Justin, not you... Read more...
Like high-end graphics cards setup in multi-GPU configurations, terabyte desktop drives, and 3GHz quad-core processors, 30-inch wide screen LCDs cater to what we like to call the "enthusiast" niche.  And though this niche obviously drives lower volume demand versus the mainstream, you have to remember that the enthusiast end-user is a very influential segment of the market, often times assisting in the definition of what will become mainstream technology tomorrow.  Not to mention 30 inches of screen real-estate is a professional workstation designer's nirvana, so perhaps this niche isn't as small as it would appear on the surface.  Regardless, though there are fewer... Read more...
Toshiba and Sharp are fierce competitors. Both based in Japan, they manufacture and sell flatscreen LCD TVs, among many other things. They've decided to cooperate with one another, and have announced that Toshiba will purchase LCD panels over 32 inches from Sharp, and in turn Sharp will purchase chips for use in their TVs from Toshiba. Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida said the partnership will create a "win-win relationship" combining the strong LCDs of Sharp with the strong semiconductors of Toshiba.``To survive the tough competition, we need to be strong in both the key device of panels and the technology of system LSIs,'' he told reporters, referring to the sophisticated chips increasingly... Read more...
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