Galaxy S5 may come with Sharp’s 2K 560 ppi LTPS display, instead of Samsung’s own AMOLED
Jan06

Galaxy S5 may come with Sharp’s 2K 560 ppi LTPS display, instead of Samsung’s own AMOLED

Since the first Galaxy S launched back in 2010, Samsung has been using its own AMOLED displays for its flagships. But things might be different for the next generation Galaxy S5 smartphone. Chinese Tencent reports that Samsung has chosen Sharp’s 5.25” 2K Ultra HD 560 ppi LTPS display panels for SGS5. The reason for the switch? Samsung’s SDI subsidiary has encountered some serious production/yield issues with its 2K AMOLED displays and...

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Foxconn knew about Samsung’s plan to invest in Sharp. Foxconn-Samsung partnership in the making?
Mar07

Foxconn knew about Samsung’s plan to invest in Sharp. Foxconn-Samsung partnership in the making?

Yesterday Sharp announced that Samsung bought a bit more than 3% of its shares, paying around $111 million, and in the process becoming the Japanese company’s biggest shareholder that isn’t a financial institution. Now this is good news for troubled Sharp, as well as for Samsung, since its investment secured it a steady supply of LCD panels form Sharp for the foreseeable future. But what about the Hon Hai group (known to...

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Samsung buys 3% stake in Sharp for $111 million, secures LCD screen supply
Mar06

Samsung buys 3% stake in Sharp for $111 million, secures LCD screen supply

Samsung has just bought a 3.08% stake in Sharp, the ailing Japanese corporation that makes highly coveted LCD screens for everything from TVs to phones. This has cost Samsung around $111 million. And while 3% hardly sounds like a lot, this makes Samsung Sharp’s biggest shareholder that isn’t a financial institution, and the fifth biggest overall. However, the Korean company gets no say in Sharp’s management and...

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DoCoMo announces LG Optimus G Pro, Huawei Ascend D2, Sony Xperia Z and other Android Jelly Bean phones
Jan22

DoCoMo announces LG Optimus G Pro, Huawei Ascend D2, Sony Xperia Z and other Android Jelly Bean phones

Last night, when reporting about the arrival of LG’s Optimus G in more than 5 markets, I assumed that LG won’t announce the Optimus G Pro too soon. I was wrong. The G Pro has been officially presented today in Japan, where NTT DoCoMo has included in its Spring line-up. The Optimus G Pro (model number L-04E) has all the features we told you it would have: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 5 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, LTE, quad-core...

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Sharp’s 1080p Android Jelly Bean phone priced, compared to Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X+
Nov29

Sharp’s 1080p Android Jelly Bean phone priced, compared to Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X+

First seen earlier this month, the Sharp Aquos SH930W is the Japanese company’s only smartphone to have a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display. And, of course, it’s also one of the first in the world to sport such a screen. We already told you that the SH930W would be released in Russia. And now we’re hearing it’s going to be available in Hong Kong, too, starting next month (December). Sharp Hong Kong has put together some promo material...

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Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W headed to Russia with 5-inch 1080p touchscreen
Nov06

Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W headed to Russia with 5-inch 1080p touchscreen

Sharp is apparently about to announce the Aquos Phone SH930W for Russia on Thursday, November 8. This smartphone (or rather, phablet) comes with the company’s famous very own 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen and its 440+ ppi. The display is also of the IGZO variety (indium gallium zinc oxide), which means it offers improved image quality and power efficiency compared to ‘vanilla’ LCDs. The SH930W has a dual-core 1.5...

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Sharp starts mass production of Full HD (1080p), 443 PPI 5 inch smartphone displays
Oct01

Sharp starts mass production of Full HD (1080p), 443 PPI 5 inch smartphone displays

Japanese giant Sharp announced that it’s starting mass-production of 5 inch smartphone displays with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) this month. At 443 PPI, the new displays have the highest pixel density ever achieved on a smartphone screen. The highest current density is around 340 PPI (Sony Xperia V, Xperia S, and HTC Rezound have it). China-based Oppo has already confirmed that it’s getting ready to launch an...

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iPhone 5 displays will be shipped by Sharp this month
Aug02

iPhone 5 displays will be shipped by Sharp this month

September 12 is looking more and more likely to be the date on which Apple will announce the new iPhone. After the initial speculation on this matter, three different sources chimed in with the same date. So this might be it. If Apple is to release the new smartphone soon after that, then obviously production has to start well before. And that’s exactly what will happen. Sharp’s President Takashi Okuda (pictured below)...

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Sharp Aquos Phone SL IS15SH is a smartphone that looks like a sliding featurephone from yesteryear
Jul02

Sharp Aquos Phone SL IS15SH is a smartphone that looks like a sliding featurephone from yesteryear

Sharp’s newest smartphone for its home market of Japan looks nothing like a smartphone. In fact, it reminds us of the once ubiquitous portrait-sliding featurephones such as the Samsung D600, which were very popular across the world a long time ago. Perhaps taking inspiration from the fashion world, where everything old is always new again, Sharp decided to go with that funky look for the Aquos Phone SL IS15SH, made for KDDI. The...

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Sharp to move its phone and tablet display tech to a Foxconn plant in China
May28

Sharp to move its phone and tablet display tech to a Foxconn plant in China

Sharp is set to move its advanced small-to-medium LCD panel technology to a Foxconn plant which is currently being built in China’s Sichuan province. That effectively means that all of Sharp’s top technology for making displays for phones and tablets will be moved from Japan to this new Chinese factory. This is another step in the ongoing partnership between Sharp and Foxconn (the Hon Hai Group), which was unveiled back in...

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