(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push();
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.
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push();
The post Sharp intros a 5.5-inch 4K display with ludicrous 806ppi appeared first on AndroidGuys.
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 […]
The post Aquos Mini and … high-end Aquos K flip phone, unveiled by Sharp appeared first on AndroidSPIN.
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
Come comment on this article: Sharp announces the Aquos Mini and a high-end flip phone
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 […]
The post FCC lists new Sharp “Dual mode hand held Mini Phablet”, appeared first on AndroidSPIN.
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.
[Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]
Every year, TVs are a big deal here at the Consumer Electronics Show. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Sharp would have a huge presence here in Las Vegas. And when I say huge, I mean huge. Just like last year, when it teased its 85-inch 8K TV with glasses-free 3D, Sharp’s now showing off a 120-inch 4K Commercial LCD display. According to the company, one day this could replace video walls in public spaces (like at Times Square, for instance), as well as projectors in classrooms and conference rooms. At the moment, there’s no word on how much one of these would cost interested parties — but it’s safe to imagine it won’t be budget-friendly at all.
Unfortunately, no image could do this display justice — you have to be in front of it to see how beautiful it is. It’s extremely, well, sharp, bright and it makes you feel as if you’re staring into a wall, living in whatever world you’re looking at. So, if you’re here at CES, it’s definitely worth checking out. And why not, maybe one day you could see one of these, or something similar, make its way into the consumer market.
Dolby doesn’t want to limit its Dolby Vision tech just to Netflix and other streaming services so the outfits’ partnering with film studios too. First up is Warner Bros. where flicks including Edge of Tomorrow, The Lego Movie and Into the Storm are getting the high-dynamic range treatment early this year — just in time for the launch of TVs with the tech baked in, according to the company. Additional new release movies and catalog titles are en route this year, as well. For the tech to really take off, however, Dolby’ll need to expand beyond one studio but we’d imagine WB is a pretty decent place to start. If anything, the announcement means Edge of Tomorrow‘s bleak version of the future’s going to get a little brighter sometime soon.
[Image credit: Associated Press]
Filed under: Home Entertainment