• Sharp introduces entry-level line of 1080p HDTV’s

    Three new models of 1080p LCD HDTV’s were introduced by Sharp today, starting at a MSRP of $1400. Sharp hopes to attract borderline customers with what they are calling the entry-level line. The three screen sizes available are 52”, 46” and 42”, making the line competitive with other manufacturers. All models have a dedicated PC input and HDMI inputs, 4 on the big one and… Read More

  • Japan pumps $350 million into the development of 40-inch OLED TVs

    Today Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization announced it wants to accelerate the commercialization of large-screen OLED-TVs with a $350 million investment to be spent over 5 years. The public organization plans to cooperate with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and a total of 10 Japanese technology companies. These… Read More

  • Sharp presents solar LCD TV prototype for the 1.6 billion people on earth with no electricity

    Today Sharp unveiled a prototype of a 26-inch LCD Aquos TV [JP], which is solely powered by solar energy. The company said one day, their solution might bring television to all the 1.6 billion people on earth who don’t have access to electricity. Sharp’s new green TV uses half of the power existing LCDs need. In comparison to the power consumption of the 28C-PB500 [JP], a CRT TV… Read More

  • Japan to build two mega solar power plants

    Today Sharp Japan [JP], the city of Sakai and Kansai Electric Power [JP] announced [JP] the so-called “Sakai City Waterfront Mega Solar Power Generation Plan”. Under the initiative, two mega solar power generation plants are to be built in Sakai (near Osaka) by 2010. One facility will have an output of 10,000 kW, while the second plant is planned to produce 28,000 kW. The complex… Read More

  • 108 inches: Sharp introduces the world's biggest LCD TV

    Today Sharp unveiled the LB-1085 [JP], at 108 inches screen size, it’s the world’s biggest LCD TV for commercial applications. The company says one model will be delivered for use in a cinema complex in Tokyo on June 19th. However, it is available for anyone in Japan (starting today) who is willing to pay $100,000 for it. The TV comes with the following features: – ASV 1080p… Read More

  • KDDI au releases 12 new cell phones in Japan

    Japan’s second biggest mobile phone carrier KDDI au yesterday followed DoCoMo and Softbank with their presentation of 12 new cell phones to be released this summer. The first models will be sold at the end of June. Here is the complete line-up:
    W62H from Hitachi
    (equipped with a 2.8 inch OLED display featuring 480×240 resolution) Read More

  • Softbank presents 11 new Japanese cell phones

    Today Japanese telecommunications giant Softbank unveiled their cell phone line-up for sommer 2008. Starting in July, the company will roll out a total of 11 new handsets in Japan. 3 models are mady by Sharp, NEC and Panasonic each while 2 come from Toshiba. Nothing amazing here, but some of the handsets come with a couple of cool features. Read More

  • Japanese joint venture project paves way for ultrathin gadgets

    A joint venture project carried by a number of Japanese Tech powerhouses like Matsushita, Sharp, Toshiba and Hitachi apparently developed a technology to integrate system chips into LCD panels. Japanese media today report that researchers managed to embed the electronic circuits of chips with glass sheets used for LCD screens, resulting in a device just 0.7 mm thick. The technology is said… Read More

  • Sales of Blu-ray recorders pick up steam in Japan

    Following several price cuts, the introduction of new models and the victory over HD-DVD, Blu-ray recorders finally seem to get a foothold in the Japanese market. According to research company Gfk Marketing Services, the market share of Blu-ray recorders in this country jumped from 18% in November last year to 29% for April 2008. Between April 28th to May 18th, the figure even rose to 32%. In… Read More

  • Sharp floods Japan with new Internet TVs, Blu-ray recorders

    In the coming weeks, Sharp will roll out a total of 13 TVs and three Bluray recorders in Japan. On June 1st, 7 new models of the Sharp Aquos GX5 and GH5 series will hit J-Land. Panel sizes range from 26″ ($1,500) to 52″ ($4,800). While the five new GX5 TVs feature full-HD and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1, the two lower-priced GH5 models come HD-ready only and with a contrast ratio… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sharp/Willcom D4 Japanese news site, Akihabara, got a chance to play around with the Atom-based UMPC from Sharp and Willcom — called the D4 — that we told you about last month. “We have here a 1.33GHz Centrino Atom Z520 CPU (one of the first UMPCs on the market carrying it!) Windows Vista, 40GB HDD, 1GB RAM, a 5″ 1024×600 TFT touchscreen all in… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sharp 922SH Internet Machine

    I had the opportunity to test Sharp’s newest mobile phone today (sold by Japanese telecom giant Softbank). The Nippon-only 922SH features an Aquos/ASV display, a One-Seg Digital TV tuner, a 2.0 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a QWERTY key board.

    I was blown away by the quality of the screen (3.5 inch, 480×584 resolution, contrast ratio 2,000:1!). It’s great to watch One-Seg… Read More

  • Sharp to sell really thin TV with wireless HD, candy buttons

    Sharp is partnering with AMIMON — who I believe was the god of thin crust pizza in ancient Roman mythology — to offer wireless HD streaming to its ultra-thin TVs. The X-series TVs come in 37-, 42-, and 46-inch screen models and work with an optional transmitter unit. We’re taking a meeting with these folks to figure out what exactly this technology will and will not do. Read More

  • Atom-based tiny computer/huge phone from Sharp

    I can’t wait until more and more of these things come out and all of a sudden you go to a baseball game and see everyone sitting in their seats half-sideways with one leg all the way outstretched so they don’t damage the huge phone in their pockets. Ha! Anyway, that dream is coming to Japan in June thanks to Sharp and mobile carrier Willcom. The Intel Atom-based cell… Read More

  • Sharp goes micro with new 1Seg tuners

    [photopress:1seg.jpg,full,center] We don’t have 1Seg digital TV here in the states, but it’s popular in Asia as a way to watch TV on portable devices, and those devices are going to get even smaller with the new and friendly-titled VA3A5JZ922 by Sharp. This is the smallest 1Seg tuner ever, and uses next to no power, and features digital noise reduction, meaning no matter what you… Read More

  • Sharp unveils 6x laptop Blu-ray burner

    I’m not sure how many of you own a laptop with a recordable Blu-ray drive, but if you’re in the market for one then I suggest you wait another few months. Today, Sharp announced a drive that can burn dual-layer discs at an astonishing 6x thanks to a tiny new laser that measures in at just 0.13-inches. Sharp plans to mass produce in April. A desktop drive was also announced that… Read More

  • Sharp announces world's thinnest TV

    Photo courtesy of Akihabara. In the never ending race to produce the TV, Sharp has taken a slight edge over its Japanese and Korean counterparts. The AQUOS X-series, announced today, comes in 37-, 42- and 46-inch models that are 1.35-inches thin. The LCDs are of the 120Hz, 1080p blend with a contrast ratio of 15,000:1 with 12-bit BDE color. They also include a 3-way 8-speaker system with… Read More

  • Toshiba and Sharp to join forces on LCD panels

    Toshiba and Sharp were recently pressed their magic rings together proclaiming, "Wonder Twin powers, activate! Form of…a strategic LCD alliance wherein Toshiba buys LCD panels from Sharp and Sharp buys semiconductors from Toshiba!" The actual meeting may very well have gone differently than that, but you get the idea. The partnership will allow the two companies to produce… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Vudu free with Sharp AQUOS

    Know about Vudu? Curious to see how good it really is? In the market for a Sharp AQUOS 1080p TV that’s bigger than 42-inches? Do you see where I’m going with this? Well, for a limited time you can get yourself a Vudu box and $50 towards movies when you purchase a Sharp AQUOS that’s 1080p and bigger than 42-inches. Do it now while the offer is still good. Product Page Read More

  • Sharp sues Samsung over alleged LCD infringement

    I guess it’s kind of a normal thing right now for tech companies in the far east to sue each other regularly over technicalities in order to get a leg up competition-wise. So, feeling the fever, Sharp decided to get in on the frenzy and throw down against LCD TV rival Samsung. The suits concern “brightness, response speeds and viewing angles of LCD panels,” apparently… Read More