Back when it was officially announced, we described Sharp's NetWalker PC-T1 slate as the epitome of a niche device, and sadly Pocketables' review hasn't done anything to change our opinion. The Linux-based 5-inch MID does several things right - its ostensibly chunky casing turning out to fit nicely into the hands, and some intuitively placed hardware controls like an optical trackpad - but in the end sluggish performance spoils the show.
Having multiple screens is a great thing for many uses like productivity, gaming, and movie watching. The biggest issue facing the use of multiple screens is the bezels that frequently make for large gaps. These gaps break the image up and often cause lost areas of content.
Those crazy cats over in Japan have an unnatural obsession with robots and animation. These two obsessions converge in Gundam, the wildly popular robot cartoon warrior that shows up in almost as many places as Hello Kitty.
Back when Sharp announced the KDDI IS01 Android-based MID, alongside the consumer device they also promised a version tailored for developers. That's gone on sale in Japan now, with Sharp hoping to drum up custom applications suited to the 1GHz Snapdragon MID. Unfortunately, it's not all good news: while the IS01's spec sheet is positively bulging, developers won't have access to all of the goodies.
Sharp are already tipped to be among the companies Nintendo is considering for the 2D/3D display on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS; how interesting would it be if they also supplied the handheld with a 3D-capable camera? Sharp have just announced a 3D camera module for mobile devices that's not only capable of capturing twin 720p HD video streams but of synchronizing the footage and controlling the optical axis.
Sharp Japan has announced their latest range of HDTVs, the AQUOS DX3 series, with screen sizes ranging from 32- to 52-inches and each packing an integrated Blu-ray recorder. The Sharp AQUOS LC-52DX3, LC-46DX3 and LC-40DX2 all support Full HD 1080p resolution on screens measuring 52-, 46- and 40-inches respectively, together with 2m:1 contrast ratios, ethernet and BD-LIVE support.
Sharp have outed a new, keyboard-free version of their NetWalker PC-Z1 MID, in the shape of the touchscreen-only NetWalker PC-T1. The Z1 was pretty much the epitome of a niche device, with its ultra-compact keyboard making it unsuitable for anything more than the occasional pecking out of emails; in its footsteps, the similarly 5-inch 1024 x 600 T1 gets an onscreen keyboard and handwriting recognition.
Sharp have become the latest HDTV manufacturer to tip their hand with regards a 3D launch, confirming that they will be releasing 3D-capable models this coming summer. The Sharp Aquos 3D TVs will use the company's new four-primary-color Quatron 3D LCD panels, which are apparently optimized for 3D viewing and is, in fact, 1.8x brighter when viewing 3D content (which requires special glasses) than 2D content.
Sharp have declined to comment on speculation that its new 3D LCD displays will find their way into Nintendo's upcoming 3DS games handheld, on the basis that "you could easily guess the name of a company." Yoshisuke Hasegawa, general manager of the company's LCD business, confirmed to press that Sharp are in talks with at least one mobile phone manufacturer.
With Nintendo's 3DS gaming handheld on the horizon, any glasses-free 3D display technology announcement is being examined closely. Back in March we pondered whether Nintendo might use Hitachi's 3D system, based on the company already being a DSi screen supplier, but now Sharp - who also supply Nintendo with LCDs - have announced their own 3.4-inch 3D LCD technology. As for whether it works, Akihabara News reckon it's "REALLY impressive" and the equal of systems requiring 3D glasses.
There's nothing like bathing in the cool green glow of your KDDI Sharp IS01 to cheer you up, just as this happy model has found. If you can't get enough of the 5-inch multitouch-capable Android clamshell MID then Gigazine's hands-on report should be your next port of call; they've got lashings of video showing the IS01 in action, some of which you can see after the cut.
Video demos after the cut