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Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

It’s a robot and a phone, and it’s called RoBoHon. No, it’s not a mobile phone in the shape of a robot — it’s an actual walking robotic that happens to be small enough to carry around with you while out and about, never mind how eccentric you’ll look holding a humanoid robot against your head. RoBoHoN is particularly focused on hands-free control, featuring a projector, speaker, and camera, among other things.

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Sharp robot phone will make you smile, price will make you cry

Sharp robot phone will make you smile, price will make you cry

It is probably part of a robotics fan's dream come true. Or nightmare once they see the price tag. If you thought Sharp was joking last year when it revealed the talking, walking, and even dancing RoboHon robot phone, then this latest announcement will probably prove how dead serious it is. Serious enough to slap on the equivalent of $1,800 on the non-smartphone communications and telephony device rolled into one. Yes, that will be how much it costs when RoboHon launches in Japan on May 26th.

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Foxconn, Sharp tipped to close acquisition deal on March 31

Foxconn, Sharp tipped to close acquisition deal on March 31

In late February the news broke that troubled Japanese tech giant Sharp had agreed to an acquisition deal with Taiwan's Foxconn. Both sides were happy with the arrangement, but just before ink was put to paper it was revealed that Sharp had financial liabilities amounting to a staggering $3.1 billion. Foxconn execs were stunned, to say the least, and the deal was immediately placed on hold to renegotiate a reduced bailout. It is now believed that the two companies are ready to move forward, with March 31st said to be the day the deal will be closed.

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Foxconn, Sharp deal in danger due to financial liabilities

Foxconn, Sharp deal in danger due to financial liabilities

The unfolding events feel as if they have gone from mere business case to TV drama, with a potential spouse mulling over leaving the other due to past dark secrets. The deal between Japan's Sharp and Taiwan's Foxconn almost seemed ready to be inked but, at the last minute, Sharp may have revealed a bombshell that had Foxconn executives going berserk. That bombshell was just how much potential financial liabilities that Sharp will be bringing along when it moves in with Foxconn, amounting to no less than $3.1 billion.

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Sharp chooses Foxconn over government-backed fund

Sharp chooses Foxconn over government-backed fund

It might mark the end of a mostly Japanese control over one of the country's biggest LCD panel makers, a company that has held its ground for nearly a century. According to a filing made by the company, Sharp has agreed to accept Taiwanese company Foxconn's bid to own a majority stake in the company. This decision edges out Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, a government-backed fund that rescues ailing Japanese businesses and tries to turn them around. INCJ's solution, however, would have seen Sharp sold in pieces, which the company considered less favorable than having Foxconn control a still whole company.

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Report: Foxconn named preferred bidder by Sharp

Report: Foxconn named preferred bidder by Sharp

Foxconn has prevailed in its hopeful bid to buy Japanese company Sharp, according to a new report. We heard rumbles about such plans in late January, and now sources have surfaced claiming Sharp Corporation has selected Foxconn of Taiwan as the preferred bidder. If the sources are correct, Foxconn is willing to fork out the Yen equivalent of $5.9 billion for Sharp, which has struggled to compete in a market dominated by bigger players.

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Foxconn really wants to buy Sharp, Japan government wary

Foxconn really wants to buy Sharp, Japan government wary

Sharp, a well-known brand when it comes to displays, screens, and TVs, is a company in deep financial trouble. There is no escaping that fact. The only question now is who will bail it out of its fate. It might seem surprising that Foxconn, the contract manufacturing company most famous for assembling Apple's devices, is offering a handsome some to buy Sharp. The fact that Foxconn is a Taiwanese company, however, is sending warning signals to Japanese officials, complicating the matter for Sharp and its future.

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Limited edition Evangelion smartphone gets Japan-only release

Limited edition Evangelion smartphone gets Japan-only release

This year mark's the 20th anniversary of the extremely popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion in Japan, and that means the product tie-ups and promotions have been almost non-stop this year in the country. The latest item is an Evangelion-themed Android smartphone from Sharp, and with only 30,000 units being produced, fans need to sign up for a chance to buy one at Japan's 7-Eleven stores. With the extremely dedicated following the series has in the country, there's no doubt that these phones will be snatched up almost immediately.

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Sharp RoBoHoN is a robot with smartphone functions that can walk

Sharp RoBoHoN is a robot with smartphone functions that can walk

People like smartphones and they like robots so Sharp figured it would combine the two to create a strange device called the RoBoHoN. The device is a mobile phone robot that was created jointly with Tomotaka Takahashi's robot creators. The robot is able to walk on two legs and is dubbed the "next generation of mobile information communication terminal."

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Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

Do have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket? Like a whole lot? Well, it probably still won't be enough to afford Sharp's just announced 8K TV. Announced in Japan, Sharp seems to be just jumping past the whole 4K thing and will begin selling the 85-inch LV-85001, said to be world's first production 8K TV, next month. The price for this ultra-high resolution beast? An incredible 16 million yen (about $133,000).

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Hisense will soon run Sharp’s TV business in America

Hisense will soon run Sharp’s TV business in America

It isn't just smartphones anymore. Hisense, a popular Chinese appliance and white goods manufacturer, is joining the big leagues when it comes to making and selling high-end TVs in America. But it will do so not through its own power but through buying Sharp's manufacturing plant in Mexico and using its TV brand in both North and South America. With this, Hisense plans to rub shoulders with the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony,and Panasonic, in what is just the latest wave of Chinese brands trying to vie for a piece of the global market.

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Sharp’s 4K UE30, UH30 TVs arrive, Android TV in tow

Sharp’s 4K UE30, UH30 TVs arrive, Android TV in tow

True to its promise at CES 2015, Sharp is now rolling out its new 4K Ultra HD TV sets, the UE30 series and its newest flagship series, the UH30. Although UHD is no stranger to Sharp, these two lines are its first to bear Android TV, substantially expanding what owners might be able to do with their shiny new smart TVs. With sizes ranging from 60 inches to 80, the new Sharp TVs promise to deliver picture quality, connectivity, and versatility, all in one single huge package.

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