Sharp has been showcasing three new Android smartphones, the Aquos Zeta, Aquos Xx and Aquos Serie, which feature an option for 2,100 fps slow-motion video playback, promising a much smoother slow motion effect.
However, Sharp’s slow-motion technique is a bit of a trick. The handsets aren’t recording video at this very high frame rate, instead it’s a clever software solution that adds in additional copied frames to pad out the frame rate.
Capturing footage at a higher frame rate and playing it back at a slower-rate, say 24fps, produces a slow-motion result. However, a higher final playback rate, say 60 or 120fps, improves the smoothness of the final video, but means that you can’t slow down the original footage as much.
Although it might sound like a cheat, adding in extra copied frames should allow Sharp to up the playback frame rate and apply some additional post-processing, creating a smoother image. That said, we’re not entirely what type of processing is taking place to smooth out the video.
The Aquos Zeta, Aquos Xx and Aquos Serie feature image sensors that can record at 210 fps at a 854 x 480 pixel resolution (FWVGA) or 120 fps in 1080p (full HD). By copying 10 frames for each frame, Sharp can reach 2,100 fps FWVGA or 1,200 fps full HD slow-motion. You can see an example capture on the Zeta in the videos below.
Despite coming up with several new technologies in the mobile space, Sharp has been showing signs of struggling for finances and has been rumored to be looking to sell off its smartphone LCD business.
These new Sharp phones are scheduled for release in the coming weeks on Japan’s three main mobile networks, NTT DoCoMo, SoftBank and KDDI.
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Some of the world’s most beautiful smartphones of the past year have ironically come from one of the smaller players in the smartphone world. Sharp, a company name not normally tied with smartphone manufacture, has today announced another breathtakingly beautiful device to add to its lineup, this time the 5.7-inch phablet, the Sharp AQUOS Xx. Much like the Sharp AQUOS Crystal before it (which Stormy took a look at last year), the Sharp AQUOS Xx also has a bezel-less frame, featuring almost no screen-to-edge gap on its top and side edges.
Unlike the Sharp AQUOS Crystal, however, the Sharp AQUOS Xx won’t have mid-range specs – the device was announced with a Snapdragon 810 and 3GB inside, as well as shipping with Android Lollipop. Probably the only disappointing part of this package is the 1080p display, which would need to be 2K to stay toe-to-toe with other devices in its class, but who’s counting pixels anyway when you’ve got that bezel-less frame, am I right? Sharp has so far only announced availability of the Sharp AQUOS Xx in Japan, though we hope it makes the jump to other regions like its predecessor did.
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In the last couple of years the sizes of smartphone screen have seen a dramatic change where screen sizes are concerned. What used to be the norm of a small 2-inch, 3-inch screen is now seen as paltry compared to the much larger 5.5-inch screens of the modern phablet smartphone. The want for bigger screen sizes though has also brought the need for higher resolutions. A 5-inch screen might sounds like a good idea at first, but if it has a really low resolution, the images are going to look distorted and you might as well have just gotten a smaller phone in the first place.
Thankfully then, it appears that manufactures are always one step ahead as Techblog today is announcing that Sharp is working on a 5.5-inch 4K display with a whopping 3840 × 2160 resolution. That’s a lot of pixels condensed in such a small space. Sharp states that event though the screen resolution will be considerably bigger (we all know that pixels love consuming power), the screen will still be battery efficient and have low power consumption. For now we can’t really know much as the screens are not slated to be used on smartphones until later next year (and Chinese manufacturers will be the first to have access to them). If you wish to know more about the screens, you can follow the link below for more information.
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Sharp, which manufactures a variety of liquid crystal displays (LCD) for mobile devices, is looking to spin off part of its panel making unit, say reports from Japan’s manufacturing industry. The company is facing its third annual net loss in the past four years and is promising a restructure in exchange for renewed funding. In exchange for extra cash, Sharp will apparently sell off part of its struggling LCD business.
Sharp is seeking a capital injection of around 100 billion yen from Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a fund overseen by the country’s Ministry of Economy. Japan’s government launched the INCJ fund in 2009, in a bid to improve the competitiveness of its technology sector, and already owns 35 percent of rival manufacturer Japan Display.
Part of the reason why Sharp may be looking to spin off its LCD business is due to the increasingly tough competition. The dominance of Samsung’s impressive AMOLED technology in its high-end devices has put increasing pressure on LCD developers to improve their technology. Simultaneously, South Korea’s LG Display and local rival Japan Display have both been aggressively marketing their panels to a variety of smartphone manufacturers, including those in fast growing markets such as China. Sharp accounts for roughly a third of unit shipments to Chinese manufacturers, but is facing tough competition over pricing.
Sharp has previous denied rumors that it would be selling its LCD unit. However, a spokesman recently confirmed that the company is considering reforms to its LCD business, although no decisions have yet been finalized. Restructuring plans are expected to be announced in May.
The feature phone. Still big in Japan. Still being sold in the millions. Still relevant, though? And does it even matter what a 30-something tech writer at a Western tech site thinks? Japan’s large elderly population — people who haven’t even heard of Angry Birds, Gmail or Uber — they’re the ones sticking to their flip phones. Hardy, easy to use and cheaper than an iPhone. (If you need a primer on the phenomenon of gara-kei, you should probably read up on that here, but in short, it’s how Japan’s mobile phone market sped ahead with early technologies, then faltered when smartphone competition arrived.) So let’s try using one. The best and newest feature phone available in Japan, no less. It’s pitched as bringing the best smartphone features to the flip form factor. Is it better than a plain old smartphone? Good lord, no.
After picking Japanese carrier KDDI’s brains about why the country was still infatuated with the feature phone, I requested the company’s Aquos K feature phone to try out. Let’s start with why it’s a step above existing feature phones: This handset taps into LTE, meaning not only is everything faster, but the phone is capable of displaying the kind of internet we use on PCs (and er, smartphones and tablets too, but anyways). This also facilitates more downloading, of course, and the Aquos K can indeed download apps… it just can’t download many. There are roughly 20 to choose from, but I was hard-pressed to find many I actually wanted. I picked up a puzzle game as well as one to help me navigate Tokyo’s metro, but I was left aching for the apps I open weekly, if not daily: Instagram, Tinder (don’t judge), Kindle, Fitocracy, Spotify, WhatsApp, Line. Well, actually, Line messenger is here.
As the de facto messaging app for Japanese smartphone users, it’s a big deal to see the genuine app on a feature phone; it’s largely the same experience as my smartphone. Having said that, without a touchscreen (and the wizardry of SwiftKey), I’m stuck repetitively tapping through to the letters I want — and spending just as much time correcting myself.
This is a user problem, however; I hand the device over to a Japanese coworker who has years of flip phone experience, and she hammers away a text message effortlessly. I guess I just need a few years practice? Can I have my smartphone back? For the week I used the phone, it felt like a handicap. That said, there’s now built-in predictive text that’s notably better than what older flip phones had — a tantalizing taste of what I (already) get on my smartphone.
On the other hand, the battery life was liberating. I would typically charge the phone every three days, but I reckon I could have managed four if I were careful. “Ah, that’s what I love about my old feature phone,” you’re probably thinking. But it’s a matter of usage: I was doing much less with the Aquos K than I would with a smartphone. It all comes back to the austere app selection. There’s a 13-megapixel camera, but if it’s a chore to share to Facebook (or impossible to share to Instagram), I’m just not going to use it as much.
The internet is passable but, physically speaking, navigation is slower. Regardless of the fact that it’s now running on a data-friendly 4G signal, no touchscreen and a 3.4-inch display means you’ll be scrolling constantly. There’s no touchscreen, but the number pad doubles as a touchpad of sorts. You can zoom in on pictures and maps just like a smartphone screen, except it isn’t. Unfortunately, when you want to move from a zoomed-in spot to elsewhere, you’ll have to resort to the menu keys.
The Aquos K is a pretty beautiful flip phone. Here in Japan, it comes in three color schemes, and I’ve gone for the professional executive option with black, brown and bronze finishes. I feel like a high-flying Japanese salaryman when I flip it open to take calls. Flip phone fans. They… they’re right: it does feel nicer to talk into them, and yes, opening and closing the dang thing feels great, too. As you’d expect from a nigh-on indestructible feature phone, it all feels solid. The rear is covered in plastic, but it has a soft tactile finish for easy grip.
There’s a camera button along the left side, and a micro-USB port for charging. But it’s a confusing mix of things I don’t expect / don’t need it have while lacking things I really need. An info window that scrolls on the surface, which extends to show the time, battery status and notifications. However, barring an incoming call or message, you’ll still have to press a button to bring the simple display to life.
When I take the phone from my desk before I go on my lunch break, I stuff my headphones into my pocket. I get outside, and try to plug them in, realizing there’s simply no headphone socket. I feel oddly outraged. I flip over the phone and on the back it has the Felica symbol, indicating it can do contactless payments. And yet — and yet — I can’t use it as a personal music player. (That there’s no Spotify is barely worth mentioning; the app isn’t available in Japan.)
The Aquos K is a feature phone with some modern bells and whistles. It’s a device for people who already use feature phones and don’t want to change. They probably should, but if they like their existing phones (and existing behavior) so much as to buy the same again, Aquos K is probably the best bet. For me, I’m not willing to downgrade my behavior for the sake of a cool flipping motion. I can’t go back. You probably can’t either.
Sharp has been making moves in the phone space over the last year. The first Sharp device to make its way stateside in a long time was the Aquos Crystal. They moved to a bigger version of that device. Now the Japanese company is pushing a mini device that looks fairly similar to the bezeless […]
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Here are two rather surprising unveilings from Sharp in the few weeks after CES. It’s first device is a compact, and the second, even more intriguing, is a flagship flip phone.
The Aquos Mini has a 4.5-inch, 1080p display with Sharp’s IGZO technology, which reportedly will let it run for two to three days on its 2,120 mAh battery. Additionally, the quite thin phone has a Snapdragon 801 processor and a 13 megapixel camera.
The Aquos K flip phone has to be one of the most powerful in its category. The camera alone has 13 megapixels and can shoot 1080p video. Sharp even included a fully functional web browser and Google Search.
As of now, there is no information on the price or the release date, but we should know more in a few weeks.
Source: Talk Android
The Aquos Mini is one of Sharp’s most impressive devices, featuring the razor thin bezels that their Aquos phones have come to be known for. The phone sports a 4.5-inch, 1080p screen with an extremely narrow body, and the display features Sharp’s IGZO technology which will supposedly let the device last for a full two to three days on its 2120 mAh battery.
Aside from the screen, you’ll find some very capable hardware on the Aquos Mini. There’s a Snapdragon 801 processor and a 13 megapixel rear camera, so while it’s not going to blow you away in 2015, it’s still an extremely powerful device, especially for one with a relatively smaller screen.
Sharp also announced the Aquos K flip phone, which is a fairly high end device in its category. The phone is thin and sports a 13 megapixel camera that’s capable of shooting 1080p video, and you’ll even get a full web browser and Google Search on it. Pretty fancy for such a basic device.
No word on price or availability yet, but keep an eye out over the next few weeks if you’re interested.
source: Phone Arena
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The FCC is one amazing resource when it comes to getting little details about upcoming devices. While it isn’t the easiest place to navigate, and much of the documents that have to be made public talk a ton of jargon, a person can sometimes stumble upon something ever now and then. Liliputing came across a […]
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The doors opened; the masses piled in; and it began: Yesterday was the first official day of CES. It’s perhaps the most frenzied day of the week, with hundreds of companies vying for attention within the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. So, what happened on the show floor yesterday? Check out the gallery below and find out.
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