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Softbank’s Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH & 005SH get Capcom 3D gaming

Softbank’s Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH & 005SH get Capcom 3D gaming

Sharp's GALAPAGOS range isn't just about big ereader tablets; the company has just unveiled two new Softbank Android smartphones, the GALAPAGOS 003SH and 005SH, which each offer glasses-free 3D on their 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen displays.  The 003SH has a 9.6-megapixel camera, while the 005SH has an 8-megapixel camera but makes up for the shortfall with a slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard.

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Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp IS01 Android MID hits US for $246

Sharp's 5-inch Android MID, the IS01, has finally made it to US shores, though it's not quite the perfect release we were hoping for.  Importer Conics are doing the honors, rather than Sharp itself: they've listed the clamshell handset for a mere $246, which gets you a 5-inch 960 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and twin cameras.

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Sharp’s 330-Inch LCD Screen Heading to Tokyo Station

Sharp’s 330-Inch LCD Screen Heading to Tokyo Station

Back in June, Sharp announced a brand new 60-inch LCD display that, while still having an impressive screen, also focused on the display's bezel. The company focused on it so much in fact, that they did their best to get rid of it entirely. The result was a display with a width of only 2.4mm on the right and bottom sides of the display, and a width of 4.1mm on the left and top sides. Sharp did this so that if you set up the displays in a multi-display situation, you'd get only 6.5mm of space. And now, Sharp is ready to show off eighteen of the displays all at once.

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Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.

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Sharp axe PC business in favor of Galapagos tablets

Sharp axe PC business in favor of Galapagos tablets

Sharp has announced it plans to cease its PC manufacturing arm, instead focusing on what the company has described as their "unique blend of hardware and content delivery" in the ereader business.  It's been a slow-burner in the PC industry anyway; most recent devices have been MIDs or tablets, such as the Galapagos ereader slates

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Sharp AQUOS BD-AV70 35mm-thick 3D Blu-ray recorder arrives Dec 1

Sharp AQUOS BD-AV70 35mm-thick 3D Blu-ray recorder arrives Dec 1

Sharp Japan has announced a release date for what it claims is the thinnest 3D-capable Blu-ray recorder, the Sharp AQUOS BD-AV70.  Measuring just 35mm high, the AV70 can squeeze up to 87 hours of video onto a single BDXL disc, and will arrive in Japan on December 1 2010.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 40 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 40 2010

Another week come and gone and another Week in Review is here for your perusal. Verizon Wireless has started to refund customers money that it overcharged for wireless access. The charges apparently went on for years and the refunds will cost Verizon about $90 million.

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Sharp Galapagos video demos

Sharp Galapagos video demos

Sharp brought along their duo of Android-based ereader tablets, the 10.8-inch Sharp Galapagos Home and 5.5-inch Sharp Galapagos Mobile, to CEATEC 2010 this week, and SlashGear Japan stopped by to see if the prototypes were up to scratch.  Thankfully Sharp still have a couple of months before the slates' December launch in Japan, since right now the custom UI is sluggish and some navigation - such as multitouch gestures - can be painfully slow.

Video demos after the cut

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Sharp Demonstrates 64-Inch Prototype LCD Display at CEATEC

Sharp Demonstrates 64-Inch Prototype LCD Display at CEATEC

CEATEC is happening right now in Japan, and will be an ongoing presence in the region for the next few days. It's another electronics trade show where companies all over the world can showcase their latest and greatest, as well as plenty of prototypes of things they'd love to get out into the market. Sharp managed to make the high-definition market shake a bit, as they successfully demonstrated a 64-inch LCD prototype display, featuring a resolution of 4096 x 2160.

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Sharp IS03 Android phone packs 9.6MP camera, matches iPhone 4 display

Sharp IS03 Android phone packs 9.6MP camera, matches iPhone 4 display

Apple's Retina Display for the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch may have been leaving WVGA Android smartphones in the shade, but it was only a matter of time before the open-souce alternatives caught up.  Sharp has just announced the IS03, headed to Japanese carrier KDDI in November, with a 3.5-inch 960 x 640 capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 9.6-megapixel camera with flash.

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Sharp LC-52LB3 & LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs Unveiled

Sharp LC-52LB3 & LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs Unveiled

For TV manufacturers, getting the best quality picture to the consumer is a top priority. For Sharp, they've tried to reach that goal by introducing TVs with the Quattron technology, which successfully adds a fourth color (yellow) to the standard Red, Green, Blue. The result is a sharper image, and better colors on the screen. The same technology is now going into their brand new LC-52-LB3 and LC-46LB3 AQUOS Quattron 3D LCD TVs, which were just announced by the company.

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Sharp Galapagos ereader Android tablets get official [Video]

Sharp Galapagos ereader Android tablets get official [Video]

Sharp has spilled the official beans on its two new ereader tablets, with the bizarrely named Galapagos platform being the name both for the hardware and the company's new ebook ecosystem.  The two Sharp Galapagos slates each run Android: the "mobile" model has a 5.5-inch 1024 x 600 display, while the "home" version has a 10.8-inch 1366 x 800 display; LCD displays are used, rather than the E Ink panels more regularly found on ereaders.

Video demo after the cut

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