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
CEATEC is happening right now in Japan, and will be an ongoing presence in the region for the next few days. It's another electronics trade show where companies all over the world can showcase their latest and greatest, as well as plenty of prototypes of things they'd love to get out into the market. Sharp managed to make the high-definition market shake a bit, as they successfully demonstrated a 64-inch LCD prototype display, featuring a resolution of 4096 x 2160.
Apple's Retina Display for the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch may have been leaving WVGA Android smartphones in the shade, but it was only a matter of time before the open-souce alternatives caught up. Sharp has just announced the IS03, headed to Japanese carrier KDDI in November, with a 3.5-inch 960 x 640 capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 9.6-megapixel camera with flash.
For TV manufacturers, getting the best quality picture to the consumer is a top priority. For Sharp, they've tried to reach that goal by introducing TVs with the Quattron technology, which successfully adds a fourth color (yellow) to the standard Red, Green, Blue. The result is a sharper image, and better colors on the screen. The same technology is now going into their brand new LC-52-LB3 and LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs, which were just announced by the company.
Sharp has spilled the official beans on its two new ereader tablets, with the bizarrely named Galapagos platform being the name both for the hardware and the company's new ebook ecosystem. The two Sharp Galapagos slates each run Android: the "mobile" model has a 5.5-inch 1024 x 600 display, while the "home" version has a 10.8-inch 1366 x 800 display; LCD displays are used, rather than the E Ink panels more regularly found on ereaders.
Video demo after the cut
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Looks like NTT DoCoMo aren't having much luck with Sharp's LYNX SH-10B Android MID. The company froze sales of the QWERTY handheld a week ago, after discovering a security loophole that could allow malicious software to harvest text, then settled on an update that apparently fixed the flaw and would let the carrier put the SH-10B back on sale from tomorrow. Now that's changed again, with the discovery of a further bug in the MID.
IFA 2010 has come and gone, but the cool products are still tricking onto the scene that were at the show. One of the more interesting devices I have seen so far came from Sharp and was a concept device that looks like a large smartphone.
This year's proving a good year for in-home 3D TVs. Sharp, which has yet to make a real splash in the market, has just pulled the curtain off their brand new 3D TV, which features their Quattron technology. If that sounds familiar, it should. It was formerly known as QuadPixel, and it's meant to expand the colors displayed on your set, while also increasing the overall brightness. In essence, it's supposed to make the picture you're looking at so much better.
A Sharp representative has let fly a little tidbit that many will find interesting. The electronics giant plans to launch a new 3D smartphone this year. Sharp as you may recall is one of the companies rumored to be providing the screen for the Nintendo 3DS.