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Sharp 3D smartphone launches for US, India & China tipped for 2011

Sharp 3D smartphone launches for US, India & China tipped for 2011

Sharp has been dropping hints about its 3D smartphone intentions, revealing that the company's glasses-free 3.8-inch 3D display - which the company previewed at IFA 2010 - will not only be hitting Japanese devices next month but, in 2011, phones in the US, India and China. Sharp didn't tell The Mainichi Daily News which exact devices would be getting an overseas launch, but we're guessing they'll resemble the Japanese models for NTT DoCoMo and Softbank.

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Softbank’s Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH & 005SH get Capcom 3D gaming

Softbank’s Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH & 005SH get Capcom 3D gaming

Sharp's GALAPAGOS range isn't just about big ereader tablets; the company has just unveiled two new Softbank Android smartphones, the GALAPAGOS 003SH and 005SH, which each offer glasses-free 3D on their 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen displays.  The 003SH has a 9.6-megapixel camera, while the 005SH has an 8-megapixel camera but makes up for the shortfall with a slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard.

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Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp's 5-inch Android MID, the IS01, has finally made it to US shores, though it's not quite the perfect release we were hoping for.  Importer Conics are doing the honors, rather than Sharp itself: they've listed the clamshell handset for a mere $246, which gets you a 5-inch 960 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and twin cameras.

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Sharp’s 330-Inch LCD Screen Heading to Tokyo Station

Sharp’s 330-Inch LCD Screen Heading to Tokyo Station

Back in June, Sharp announced a brand new 60-inch LCD display that, while still having an impressive screen, also focused on the display's bezel. The company focused on it so much in fact, that they did their best to get rid of it entirely. The result was a display with a width of only 2.4mm on the right and bottom sides of the display, and a width of 4.1mm on the left and top sides. Sharp did this so that if you set up the displays in a multi-display situation, you'd get only 6.5mm of space. And now, Sharp is ready to show off eighteen of the displays all at once.

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Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.

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Sharp Galapagos video demos

Sharp Galapagos video demos

Sharp brought along their duo of Android-based ereader tablets, the 10.8-inch Sharp Galapagos Home and 5.5-inch Sharp Galapagos Mobile, to CEATEC 2010 this week, and SlashGear Japan stopped by to see if the prototypes were up to scratch.  Thankfully Sharp still have a couple of months before the slates' December launch in Japan, since right now the custom UI is sluggish and some navigation - such as multitouch gestures - can be painfully slow.

Video demos after the cut

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