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Sharp Quatron 3D LCD HDTVs arriving this summer

Sharp Quatron 3D LCD HDTVs arriving this summer

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.

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Sharp 3D touchscreen LCD another Nintendo 3DS contender

Sharp 3D touchscreen LCD another Nintendo 3DS contender

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.

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KDDI Sharp IS01 MID gets video demos

KDDI Sharp IS01 MID gets video demos

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

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Microsoft Pink leaks again: April 20th Verizon launch? [Update: & Vodafone!]

Microsoft Pink leaks again: April 20th Verizon launch? [Update: & Vodafone!]

Microsoft's been a leaky old sieve lately, with Courier slipping out earlier and even more Project Pink news just now.  After yesterday's Verizon revelation and the subsequent firmware leak comes new images of the two Sharp-manufactured Pink phones, the Pure and Turtle, themselves, along with a potential launch date of April 20th.

Update: Apparently the devices will also get an international launch - in their GSM formats - with carrier Vodafone.

Larger images after the cut

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Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1 hands-on

Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1 hands-on

While we were checking out Freescale's Smartbook Tablet reference design earlier, the team there whipped out the Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1 and asked if we wanted to play with another device based on their mobile chipsets.  It seemed rude to say no; after all, this distinctive little clamshell packs a 5-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard along with its 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor.  Check out our first-impressions after the cut.

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Sharp LX-Series HDTVs with 2m:1 contrast

Sharp LX-Series HDTVs with 2m:1 contrast

Sharp Japan have outed four new LX-series HDTVs, each boasting massive 2,000,000:1 contrast ratios.  The range starts from the 40-inch LC-40LX1 and tops out at the 60-inch LC-60LX1, with 46- and 52-inch models in-between; each offers Full HD 1920p resolution, "industry's lowest" power consumption, and a six-speaker integrated sound system with dual sub-woofers on all but the smallest.

Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1 lands for unboxing, MID comparison

Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1 lands for unboxing, MID comparison

Sharp's NetWalker PC-Z1 may not be the device for everyone - after all, a 5-inch touchscreen clamshell MID with a tiny QWERTY keyboard and 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor makes it a pretty niche handheld - but most people can appreciate a mini-laptop so we're pleased to see the first unboxing over at Pocketables.  Jenn of course is no stranger to MIDs, in fact she has a UMID mbook M1 on hand to compare the PC-Z1 with.

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