Star Wars movies are set in, presumably, a civilization far more advanced than mankind. However, the funny thing was, there were no smartphone or anything vaguely resembles one that could let them communicate at will like we do. Lucky for us, we do have this technology available to us and hence, we, specifically folks residing in Japan, will get to enjoy these Sharp Star Wars-themed smartphones offered by Japanese telecommunication giant, Softbank. There’s no question about these phones are a bid to ride the wave of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hype and they should work pretty well in the Land of the Rising Sun as, apparently, Star Wars is pretty huge over there. Continue reading Only In Japan, You Will Get To Buy Star Wars-themed Android Phones
When we first read about Sharp’s RoBoHon, we seriously don’t know what to make of it. At a glance, it appears to be yet another super cute robot toy that the Land of the Rising Sun has to offer, but in reality, it is more than meets the eye – much, much, more. It is, in fact, a smartphone. What!? Yes. A smartphone. What’s more unbelievable is, it is a real product that’s set to go on sale (in Japan, of course) in 2016. Tipping the scale at a grand 390g and standing 19.5cm tall, it is not exactly pocketable. Talked about big-ass smartphone; RoBoHon here gladly takes the cake. However, those “issues” would be non-existence if you knew what it is capable of. Continue reading RoBoHon is a Walking, Talking, Pico-projecting Robot That’s Also an Android Smartphone
While the rest of the world are all over Android TV, Roku is working hard to infiltrate more TVs so you could have “access to the biggest streaming channel line up in the industry” without the need for set-top box. It may look like Roku is cannibalizing its own market; perhaps they are but it must be working well for the California-based media company. Why else would they keep getting more and more TV manufacturers to come onboard? Speaking of which, Sharp is the latest to ride the Roku bandwagon, joining the likes of Haier, HiSense, Insignia, TCL and Polaroid. Built around Roku TV reference design and running on Roku OS, Sharp’s iteration comes in a choice of 43” and 50” screen sizes and boasts 1080p resolution with 60hz native refresh rate, along with features like built-in WiFi, dual 8W speakers, USB input, HDMI inputs, and compatibility with Roku mobile app for channel browsing, reading Roku Feed and voice search functionality. Continue reading Roku Introduces New Full HD Roku TV by Sharp, Priced at $380 and Up
rejoice bezel-haters. Sharp has a new handset that will take you one step closer to the bezel-less utopia you have been dreaming of for like forever and the smartphone that took this giant leap to the applause of the bezel-hating community is the Sharp AQUOS Crystal. as we all know, reduction in bezel size is like the holy grail of a handset design, but minimizing bezel can only be done on the long sides, never on the top where the mandatory earpiece resides, or the bottom where the microphone calls home. with the Sharp AQUOS Crystal, things work a little differently. not only has Sharp trimmed the bezel on the sides to near nothing, it has also done the same with the top and in the process, ditching the traditional earpiece altogether. Continue reading Sharp’s Near Bezel-less AQUOS Crystal Ditches Earpiece For Direct Wave Technology
the obvious problem with large display smartphone is the overall handset size. it is a ‘problem’ manufacturers can’t change, so the best bet is to stretch the display as much without bumping up the physical size. that means, cutting the bezel size as much as the technology allows and such is what Sharp has done with the AQUOS ZETA SH-04F Android handset. sporting a 5.4-inch Full HD touch display, the AQUOS ZETA SH-04F has an impressive 81% screen-to-size ratio. we don’t need to tell you how awesome it is – just look at the product image and you’ll find the sides’ bezel is nearly non-existence. while it is lovely to see near bezel-less design, super thin bezel might also pose some issues, such as accidentally activating apps when holding it. of course, for larger phone such as this example, this issue might be less significant cos’ most folks would probably struggle to get a grip of the device. but for people with gorilla-size hands like me, that could be an issue. Continue reading Sharp AQUOS SH-04F Smartphone Touts A Whopping 81% Screen Size Ratio
set to be launched this June, the Sharp AQUOS Phone Xx 206SH Android Phone will join the growing number of giant Android handsets and it will be available exclusively via Japan telecommunication carrier, Softbank. we are huge suckers for pretty design and as you can imagine, we are totally over this phone even though we know it will be yet another unrequited love – less we moved to the land of the rising sun. anyway, the phone is equipped with a brilliant 5″ full HD S-CG Silicon TFT display that boasts 443ppi and 16.77 millions of color and a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (it’s a APQ8064, if anyone cares to know) with 2GB RAM.
the most notable feature of this phone is perhaps its mega capacity 3,080 mAh battery which, according to Sharp, is capable of over two days of usage if the a feature known as “Eco Tech” is activated. however, we do not know what are the trade offs that will comes with this “Eco Tech” feature. other key features include a 32GB of onboard storage, a 64GB-capable microSD card slot, a 13.1MP main camera with f/1.9 lens, built-in digital TV tuner, 4G LTE radio, WiFi (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, Infrared, and it is built waterproof, conforming to IPX5/IPX7 standards, which means there’s no worry of dipping this beauty into up to 1 meter deep water for up to 30 minutes, or get caught in a sudden downpour while using it. perfect.
Sharp AQUOS Blu-ray Recorders | US$tba | www.sharp.com
we are not sure why Sharp named these recorders as ‘Blu-ray’ recorders. honestly, to us, these are basically digital video recorders or DVRs that are capable of transferring its content to BD but anyway, here they are, a trio of sleek-looking Blu-ray recorders branded under Sharp’s successful sub-brand, AQUOS. all three models feature build hard drive for your media content, Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD full decoding capability, built-in Blu-ray Player, DLNA-capable, built-in TV tuner, HDMI out, Ethernet port and the support for Sharp Mobile Phone remote. Continue reading Sharp AQUOS Blu-ray Recorders
Sharp AQUOS 90-inch LED TV | US$10,999.99 | www.sharp.com
we see a trend in the consumer electronic industry: electronic devices are growing in physical size. case in point: the Sharp AQUOS 90-inch LED TV (LC-90LE745U). yes. it is a hulking 90-inch TV from Sharp that befits any behemoth abode. not content with the 80-inch offering dished out last year, Sharp has bumped up its size and include similar features such as built-in WiFi, full HD Active 3D, AquoMotion 240, full array LED backlight and it is of course, a Smart TV that lets you browse the web. Continue reading Sharp AQUOS 90-inch LED TV
(image credit: Elite) Elite LED LCD TV | from US$5,999.99 | elitelcdtv.com
Sharp has breathed a new lease of life to Pioneer’s former Elite TV brand in North America, continuing the heritage of stunning picture quality and an equally stunning price. pushing ahead its revival are two new models: a 60-inch PRO-60X5FD and a 70-inch PRO-70X5FD LED TVs. the brand may not be as ‘prestigious’ as designer brand name like Loewe or Bang & Olufsen but these pair offers premium specs which include Sharp’s proprietary RGB+Y technology for more vivid colors, full array LED backlighting with local dimming for the blackest black possible, and like any good modern LED LCD TV, it comes with support for Internet apps like our favorite YouTube, NetFlix, CinemaNow and Facebook. Continue reading Elite LCD TV lives again in North America, thanks to Sharp
(credit: screenshot from World’s First 8K Ultra High Definition Display video)
last week Sharp unveiled the world’s first ultra high definition LCD display developed in collaboration with Japan broadcast station NHK. this 85-inch display has an amazing 7,680 x 4,320 pixels resolution which is 16 times the resolution of the current HDTV. thanks to Sharp’s UV2A LCD technology which enables an incredible level of precision in controlling the alignment of the liquid crystal molecules in a LCD structure. the result is a mind-boggling 33 megapixels display. check out the video of this eye-popping display after the break. Continue reading Sharp unveiled the world’s first ultra high-def LCD display