Sharp is promising 3D smartphone by the end of the year
Sharp is reportedly planning to make a big splash in the global smartphone space later this year.
Sharp is already one of the biggest phone manufacturers for the advanced Japanese market, and has recently tried to make inroads into the rest of the world by being the company that produced Microsoft’s failed Kin line of featurephones.
New plans from Sharp focus on a smartphone with a 3D display that will be viewable without any special glasses. The camera may take 3D pictures as well.
This follows Sharp’s unveiling of the 3D mobile display technology earlier this year.
3D technology in bigger display sizes such as TVs has failed to gain any significant traction, and one of the reasons for this seems to be the need of special glasses to view content in 3D. It’s always been said that developing 3D TVs that don’t require glasses would finally push 3D into the mainstream, but it looks like phones will get there before TVs.
It is undoubtedly an interesting strategy from Sharp, and one which will clearly differentiate them from all the other smartphone manufacturers. In a world dominated by very similar specs, Sharp’s smartphone will really bring something new to the table. How much of a USP the 3D display will turn out to be remains to be seen, but, like the Samsung Galaxy Beam, this is clearly something else.
This has the potential to propel Sharp into the global smartphone space, where, strangely, very few Japanese companies have made it. And as lucrative as the Japanese market can be, worldwide expansion clearly makes sense.