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Sharp SH-920 Aquos cell phone

Sharp SH-920 Aquos cell phone

Who would have ever thought that a cell phone would ever have a better screen than my TV? Well it’s happened, and I feel the urge to go into early retirement/hiding now.

This cell phone has a 3.2 inch screen with a resolution of 480x854, a contrast ratio of 2000:1, and support for up to 26 million colors. Oh yeah, there is also the standard widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio.

Sharp unveils a tiny LCD screen that doubles as a scanner

Sharp unveils a tiny LCD screen that doubles as a scanner

Sharp has shown off an interesting new piece of technology in the form of a small 3.5-inch LCD screen that also doubles as a scanner.

“The screen, on show at the Ceatec exhibition, features an optical scanner for each LCD pixel, and could also be used to recognise fingers or other objects.” Just imagine if something like this were incorporated into a mobile phone. If someone were to say, hand you a business card, you could simply place it on the screen and scan it. Or, you could have a biometric lock on your phone.

Techvision W104 water proof LCD TV for your bath or pool

Techvision W104 water proof LCD TV for your bath or pool

Really you could stick it anywhere, but why buy a waterproof LCD unless you are going to put it somewhere you’d be worried about it getting wet? It has a Sharp 10.4” LCD built into it.

There is also a pair of speakers built in for stereo sound. There is even a waterproof remote control.

Sharp’s latest 8-inch LCD could wind up in your next vehicle

Sharp’s latest 8-inch LCD could wind up in your next vehicle

It has a luminescence of 500 candelas/m2 and a contrast ration of 2500:1, which means it would be good for other applications, but instead it will likely wind up telling you how fast you are going. There are apparently several uses for this type of in-dash display.

First and foremost it could be used for gauges, or it could display multiple things, such as a digital read out of the temperature in and out of the vehicle, a digital speedometer with numbers instead of a gauge. And then in the background it could have information pertaining to your audio system, a backup or other parking cameras, night vision, maybe even GPS.

IFA 2007 – Sharp prompt gasps with 20mm LCD TV

IFA 2007 – Sharp prompt gasps with 20mm LCD TV

Sharp really pulled out the stops at IFA 2007 with some TVs so thin they'd drive a supermodel to organ removal.  Undoubtedly star of the show was a 20mm thick LCD Aquos prototype, encased in a sheet of glass, only 29mm at its thickest point and weighing a ridiculous 25kg.  Despite the lack of depth it was in no way lacking in the specs department; a 100,000:1 contrast ratio saw to that.

  

Sharp’s EM-ONE dual-sliding handheld is a video star

Sharp’s EM-ONE dual-sliding handheld is a video star

The video looks a little like the title sequence of a James Bond film, only without Shirley Bassey, but the Sharp EM-ONE has enough star quality of its own to make you forget the Welsh warbler.  It looks far better with the white fascia rather than when we first saw it back in February, but the pity is still that it runs Windows Mobile rather than XP Tablet or Vista.

More photos of the EM-ONE after the cut...

Sharp 812SH goes with every outfit

Sharp 812SH goes with every outfit

Motorola has got some stick in the past for bringing out innumerable versions of their product line in different colours, milking the appeal rather than spending the time making a new handset (possibly one with a UI that doesn't cause reviewers to projectile vomit into the faces of children).  Well, Sharp appears to be going out of its way to avoid that kind of criticism, as its 812SH handset for Japanese operator Softbank is being launched in twenty different hues simultaneously.

Scourge of the indecisive, the Pantone 812SH  (seemingly named after the famous colour company)  comes complete with a 2-megapixel camera, 2.4-inch 260k colour LCD screen and 0.8-inch OLED external screen and a microSD slot.  It's a 3G model and, since we're talking Japan, also supports the FeliCa wireless payment system with face recognition security.

Sharp Papyrus TV/Dictionary combo

Sharp Papyrus TV/Dictionary combo

Here in Blighty there's a venerable old TV gameshow called Countdown, in which contestants have to pick a number of random vowels and consonants and are given thirty seconds to make as long a word as possible.  I can only assume that it's the fanatics of this show that Sharp are targeting with their combination-TV-and-dictionary, the Papyrus PW-TC900.  Rocking not only a 1Seg digital TV tuner (which I'm afraid makes it Japan-only) but a full Japanese dictionary and Japanese-English translator, it also packs an mp3 player and SD memory expansion in a convertible-tablet style casing.  The screen is one of Sharp's AVS wonders, running at 480x272 resolution.

Sharp RD-CMP2000R – Linux Based PDA

Sharp RD-CMP2000R – Linux Based PDA

I’ve used Sharp Zaurus a few years back, a great Linux based PDA. I absolutely love it as it give me the freedom to tinker with its OS (a lot! and how bad I messed it up sometimes). Now Sharp is releasing Sharp RD-CMP2000R, a Linux based mini PC. It looks like RD-CMP2000R is Zaurus that you can find in Japan. The RD-CMP2000R is equipped with QWERTY keyboard, 1.3MP camera, and swiveling color display. The bad news is, RD-CMP2000R can only be found in Korea. No pricing information available at this time.

Sharp RD-CMP2000R [via I4U]

Sharp “es” W-ZERO 3 Pocket PC Smart Phone (Video!)

Sharp “es” W-ZERO 3 Pocket PC Smart Phone (Video!)

This is shocking – when did Sharp get into the business of building smart phone? Who cares, the new W-ZERO 3’s feature an Intel PXA270 processor clocked at 416-MHz, 2.8-in display with resolution of 640 by 480, 1.3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, miniSD card slot for memory expansion, USB connectivity, OneSeg TV, and a full-size QWERTY keyboard. This candy bar style smart phone barely weighs 6.1 ounces and measures 2.8 x 5.1 by 1 inch.

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