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Sharp AQUOS 206SH debuts 5″ CG-S 1080p display and two day battery

Sharp AQUOS 206SH debuts 5″ CG-S 1080p display and two day battery

Five-inch smartphones with 1080p displays aren't uncommon now, but Sharp's new AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH does have one advantage: enough battery life to get it through a promised two full days. The new handset, part of Japanese carrier SoftBank's Summer 2013 line-up, uses a combination of old and new tech to help subscribers skip the overnight charge, with a huge battery paired with a clever CG Silicon TFT LCD display.

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Sharp offers USB-powered ion generator air purifier

Sharp offers USB-powered ion generator air purifier

USB-powered gadgets tend to run the gamut from the mundane to the truly bizarre. We've seen plenty of USB-powered air purifiers over the years that aim to remove odors and pollutants from your room or office. We've also seen a number of USB devices and that remove pollen and other items from the air you breathe as well.

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Sharp may not need Foxconn after all

Sharp may not need Foxconn after all

Sharp has been in a financial rut for quite a while now, and if things don't go its way, it could wind up filing for bankruptcy. Many companies have rallied to save Sharp's financial back by making generous investments. Samsung invested about $111.5 million in Sharp to gain a 3% stake in the LCD panel manufacturer, and Qualcomm invested $120 million in order for Sharp to develop MEMS display technology for Qualcomm's subsidy, Pixtronix.

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An Apple Television? Find it in the storeroom by the netbook prototypes

An Apple Television? Find it in the storeroom by the netbook prototypes

Apple is trialling yet more televisions, if you believe the chunnering from the supply chain, and - so eager analysts would have us believe - is one step closer to taking over your living room. Whispers of new test hardware using big Sharp LCDs and Foxconn's production skills come on the heels of research suggesting a fair number of consumers are desperate to throw more money at their Cupertino addiction, as well as CEO Tim Cook's tongue-in-cheek "it's an area of intense interest" comments last week. Yet in reality, despite the hype, little has actually changed from the last batch of rumors, and we're no closer to chucking out our BRAVIA for a Siri-controlled set.

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Apple Television prototypes trialling Sharp screens say sources (again)

Apple Television prototypes trialling Sharp screens say sources (again)

It's the rumor that refuses to die: Apple's HDTV plans are again making headlines, with new reports that Foxconn has been piecing together fresh prototypes complete with Sharp displays. "It isn't a formal project yet" one of the supply chain tipsters tells the WSJ, "it is still in the early stage of testing"; that's despite other sources suggesting that Apple's dalliance with television prototypes has lasted for "a number of years."

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Sharp and Qualcomm ink $120m IGZO/MEMS mobile display deal

Sharp and Qualcomm ink $120m IGZO/MEMS mobile display deal

Sharp and Qualcomm subsidiary Pixtronix have inked a $120m deal which will see the two companies collaborate on energy-efficient IGZO displays for mobile devices, as Sharp struggles with falling market share. The deal - which will see Qualcomm inject up to 9.9 billion yen into Sharp - follows rumors of the display firm courting Qualcomm among other US companies, after long-term negotiations with Apple production partner Foxconn stumbled. As a result, the companies will set up a joint development on panels combining IGZO and MEMS display tech.

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Sharp $240m talks tipped with Dell, Intel and Qualcomm: IGZO the prize

Sharp $240m talks tipped with Dell, Intel and Qualcomm: IGZO the prize

Sharp has reportedly begun talks with Dell, Intel, and other US companies for a potential share in the display firm, in a move that may be designed to put pressure on existing Foxconn negotiations. The discussions - which are also believed to be ongoing with Qualcomm, according to the WSJ's sources - would see struggling Sharp offer up a stake in return for as much as $240m depending on the suitor, with the spoils of the deal being a guaranteed supply of the company's IGZO displays.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone, just two more work days to go and then we're at the weekend again. Today we found out that new Nexus 4 orders won't ship for another 4-5 weeks, and that's if you're ordering the 16GB model - those who order the 8GB model might be waiting as long as two months. Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer said that Windows Phone sales these days are four times greater than they were in autumn 2011, which is definitely a good sign, while we learned that RIM has lost a big patent case against Nokia in Sweden.

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