Japanese phones have been described lately as suffering from “Galapagos Syndrome”. This term comes from Darwin’s discovery that species in the Galapagos Islands seemed to evolve separately from the rest of the world. As such, Japanese smartphones have been criticized for not being accessible to the western market. The upcoming 3D phone from Sharp, ironically called the Galapagos, hopes to change the impression of Japanese smartphones in western minds.
The Sharp Galapagos is powered by Android, and includes a 3.8 inch glasses-free 3D screen set to rival the stereoscopic 3D of Nintendo’s 3DS. What’s more, the Galapagos is set to receive seven games at launch, such as: Resident Evil: Degeneration, Mobile Powerful Pro Baseball 3D, Mega Man, Taiko no Tatsujin, SLIPHEED Alternative, Ghost ‘n Goblins: Gold Knights, and Reikai Denwa. In addition to video games, the Galapagos will also be getting 3D movies like Shrek Forever After and Battle Royale 3D.
However, the Nintendo 3DS is much more powerful graphic-wise than the Sharp Galapagos, as is the iPhone 4 graphically. Though, this is definitely a great phone for mobile gaming in 3D without glasses.
Newegg has got a great deal on a bunch of tech in their 24-hour sale, including a Sharp AQUOS 42-inch HDTV ($640 discount,) Western Digital WDTV HD player ($30 discount,) and plenty more. All of the promo codes for the 24-hour Newegg sale are listed right on the page, and offer even greater discounts than what the sale already offers. You have until midnight!
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I can’t help but wonder if Sharp has set a record for the most TVs announced in one day as they are putting out 13 LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray recorders. These AQUOS DX2 series sets come in the sizes that you see here, with the 40, 46, and 52-inchers hitting you with a contrast ratio of 15,000:1 at 1080p, while all the other smaller models come in at a 7000:1 contrast ratio. The prices will vary as the 26-inch model costs $1,700, while the 52-inch models retail at $4,800. So far, this line of Blu-ray recording Sharp AQUOS TVs are slated for a Japan-only release.
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Sharp has released DL-L60AV LED bulbs that are energy efficient, have a long service life and have no mercury. They screw in like ordinary incandescent lamps and feature an adjustable color function that allows users to alter the white light to seven different shades. It also has a built-in dimmer for brightness adjustment. Available in Japan for now, it comes with remote. While the upfront price may be more than an ordinary bulb, Sharp says that they can run for 11 hours at a cost of only 1 Yen (~$.01) and has a service life of about 40,000 hours.
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Sharp’s new line of LCDs will have cyan and yellow added to the RGB Spectrum. The 60.5-inch Five-Primary-Color LCD with “Multi-Primary-Color Technology” (special image processing circuitry) gives viewers about 99% of colors that human eyes can detect. Always on the cutting edge of viewing on the planet, the company will display their latest technology at the Society for Information Display Symposium in San Antonio this week.
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Sharp and Japanese mobile network KDDI have teamed for a new cell phone that should please anyone who is trying to help the planet. The cellie has a solar panel in its lid that will recharge in direct sunlight up to 10 minutes. That will give it one minute of talk time or 2 hours of standby, and the panel can contribute up to 80% of the total power supply. The handset is also waterproof and expected out in June.
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Sharp is aiming to help eliminate at least one set-top box from your rack with their BD-series Aquos LCD HDTVs, which come with a Blu-ray player packed in to the television unit, announced today at CES 2009. If interested, you can pick one up later this month in 32-, 37-, or 42-inch flavors, or if you need something larger, next month the 46- and 52-inch models drop. These also bost the Superlucent ASV panel technology which means less glare in the end, and a brighter picture. It also does 24p through HDMI, in case you have an old HD DVD player you have lying around that you want to use (since the included Blu-ray technology doesn’t use up an HDMI port.) QAM and ATSC tuners along with RS-232C inputs round this one out. Full release after the break.
MRM (Manufacturers Recycling Management) is trying to get us all to recycle our old electronics, taking away the need for disposing of your dead ones in the nearest dumpster when no one is looking. Joining Sharp Electronics Corporation and Toshiba America Consumer Products, Panasonic has now stepped up to create a nationwide program to recycle their goods. You simply drop off your unused products. It is available in ten states so far and they hope to expand to all 50 of them in the next 3 years. Look for further announcements in January.
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The Japanese always manage to get the best cell phones first and we always hope they trickle over to the U.S. and the new Sharp Aquos Fulltouch 931SH is no exception to the rule. This new cell phone is an obvious response to the iPhone and its touch technology. The one thing that sets this cell phone apart is the incredible screen resolution of 1024 x 480, bringing it close to that of a netbook. The 931SH also incorporates a 5.2 megapixel camera with stabilizer technology, a 1seg TV tuner, Bluetooth with A2DP, an accelerometer, web browser, media player, a microSD slot and of course, a touch screen as the name implies. The phone also works on all 3G networks, making it viable for U.S. as well as world-wide consumption, although no time-frame has been mentioned.
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We figured it had to be coming eventually and it appears that the time is here. Sharp has sent out a press release that they are combining their 16 AQUOS DS Series LCDs with Blu-ray recorders. The Digital W tuner allows simultaneous watching while recording another program/movie in HD. The TVs will range from 26 to 52-inches, and each features a motion guide, preset functions, and 3 color variations. Look for a release date of November 20 in Japan.
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