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Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 drops QWERTY, gains handwriting recognition

Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 drops QWERTY, gains handwriting recognition

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.

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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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