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    If you're super-duper interested in kawaii novelty and don't need $1,800 or so in your wallet, you should probably buy one of Sharp's latest products, developed in collaboration with the University of Tokyo: RoBoHoN. Yes, that little Astro Boy/ASIMO tryhard takes calls. It has a camera, too. RoBoHoN compensates for its small screen by shooting out a 720p projection when needed. It also has a few neat dance moves it executes with its 13 servo motors controlling its limbs. And you're really supposed to talk with RoBoHoN to get things done. But it interacts with you and all your data in ...

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    With plenty of reservations and $3.5 billion, Foxconn finds itself the majority shareholder of Sharp. Now what will they do? "I am committed to make speedy investments in Sharp to help develop the next-generation display technology," Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said when the two companies met in Osaka to seal the deal. That display technology is OLED — something Samsung does so well in, it makes more than 95 percent of the market supply according to research firm Sigma Intell. As Apple is reportedly scouting out as many sources for as many displays as possible for an iPhone without an ...

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    It’s not easy to negotiate a good deal when you come off years of bad investments, operating losses and strategic mistakes making you lose touch with market trends and innovations, so let’s not act surprised Sharp didn’t get the capital injection it once sought in a takeover agreement with Foxconn. Not even close, in fact, as the world’s largest electronics contractor manufacturer pulled off the acquisition at a bargain price of 389 billion yen, down from the ¥700 billion it initially agreed to. That converts to roughly $3.5 billion, instead of $6.24B, which still sounds like a ...

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    Sharp has found its suitor to help the company out of its financial rut. And even after Foxconn watered down its offer after surveying even more of Sharp's financial liabilities it didn't learn about earlier, it looks like the offer was something the Japanese electronics manufacturer couldn't refuse. Sources for Reuters have relayed that Sharp will officially accept Foxconn's takeover bid, now worth in the neighborhood of ‎¥400 billion, down from the previously reported ¥489 billion ($4.3 billion) and once valued at ¥700 billion ($6.1 billion). Both companies will hold board ...

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    Japanese display maker Sharp's corporate board said yes to a $6.24 billion proposal from Taiwan's Foxconn. But Foxconn has decided to think over the deal further after Sharp suddenly submitted a list of approximately 100 contingent liabilities that could cost the company about $3.1 billion down the line. Foxconn is still prepared to finalize the takeover, something it has chased after since Sharp began asking for buyers, but stated it would need to digest and sort through the list first. We will have to postpone any signing of a definitive agreement until we have arrived at a satisfactory ...

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    The deal needs clearance from regulators and shareholders. It might even need to clear the court of the Japanese public opinion. Sharp's corporate board said yes to Foxconn's proposal to take over the company, one valued at ¥700 billion or $6.24 billion. The bid had outdone a government fund's buyout plan and now potentially takes a 103-year-old Japanese firm out of domestic ownership. Foxconn manufactures many of Apple's mobile products while Sharp provides the LCDs that go into them. The latter company has gone into deep financial trouble trying to turn around its production line from ...

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    The sorry financial state of tech conglomerate Sharp has left few options for its creditors and potential acquirers in Japan. But Taiwan-based Foxconn sees a chance to gain a brand name and a crack at making products for its own profit. Chairman Terry Gou told press that the company had signed for prioritized negotiating rights with Sharp as part of a bid to take over the company. Sharp released a statement contrary to Gou's assertion, but indicated it would be negotiating with Foxconn through the end of the month. Inside sources say that Sharp currently favors a Foxconn proposal worth ...

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    We know that Sharp does a very, very mean LCD. But we've also been talking about Apple's edging away from those liquid crystals and more towards those organic light-emitting diodes. Samsung may be making some panels for a future iPhone. Japan Display says it will soon start making them, full stop. Its OLED production will ramp up during 2018 as it chases LG Display. That company's in the process of starting its own OLED factories. Sharp, LG Display, Japan Display and Samsung have all supplied LCD screens for iPhones. To tie Sharp into this story: Japan Display's biggest shareholder, a ...

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    This is something to be proud of, as opposed to that Galaxy Note 5 modification that voids your warranty. It's also flexing Sharp's muscle in its homeland, too. A special edition Sharp AQUOS SH-M02 (that's the official model name, by the way) will be made available by 7-Eleven to some 30,000 lucky fans on November 2. The extra EVA-20 designation marks the 20th anniversary of the anime series Evangelion. This is actually the second such special Evangelion/Sharp collaborated smartphone this year. The first one was distributed through NTT DoCoMo. In addition to the special wrap design and ...

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    Sharp's bread and butter is in displays and the Japanese manufacturer knows it. But when research and development can bring up phones like the Sharp AQUOS Crystal, some of us outside of the Land of the Rising Sun can't help but want more. It just hasn't been our (and Sharp's) luck. Japan's largest carrier by subscriber base, NTT DoCoMo, will be taking in three phones from Sharp: the AQUOS ZETA, AQUOS Compact and Disney Mobile on DoCoMo. The latter two appear to be identical devices on the innards, but the latter has special fit-and-finish in blue and pink, showing off the iconic ...

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    We just told you about a new rumor concerning Apple's plans for a 12.9-inch iPad “Pro,” looking at a recent trademark application and explaining why it wasn't quite the evidence for an OS-X-powered iPad as some were making it out to be. But that doesn't mean that work on a larger iPad isn't happening, and the idea that Apple could still release this long-rumored tablet has yet to fade. This evening, we get the latest word about how this jumbo-sized iPad could be coming together, as we hear some supply chain rumors about the companies Apple's chosen to build the tablet's display. ...

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    How many times is it that you wished your smartphone was thicker, but had better battery life? That's because "thin" is often achieved by trimming down the battery, but other key components contribute to the measurements. Just in case you thought devices nowadays weren't thin enough, even thinner smartphones might be on their way. Sharp is happy to announce that it started mass production of new in-cell type touch displays. This technology "has the touch sensor function built into the LCD", instead having the touch sensor attached to the LCD, like on most displays used in smartphones ...

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    There are plenty of smartphones that like to push physical limitations, whether that means being nearly phablet-sized, having a super-thin body, or offering a display that seems to fill the phone's face, with barely a hint of a bezel to be found. Last summer, Sharp brought us fantastic example of the latter, launching the Aquos Crystal. Better than just having an extremely eye-catching look, the Aquos Crystal offered some workable mid-range specs and came attached to a fantastically low sticker price, selling off-contract for $240 or less. We've been curious to see how Sharp might improve ...

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    Does smartphone resolution growth know no bounds? Just as 720p has given way to 1080p, the era of phones with 2K quad HD displays is now very much upon us. And no sooner have we seen the arrival of quad HD phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 that we find ourselves wondering about what's next – and certainly, rumors have already suggested that Samsung could be looking to move past 2K for this fall's Galaxy Note 5. As luck would have it, just as we start really thinking about 4K-class screens on smartphones, Sharp has gone ahead and announced just such a component, a 5.5-inch panel with a ...

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    When it comes to Sharp, you can connect the company with the smartphone displays it's been making (and providing other OEMs), or you can easily remember it thanks to the crazy Aquos Crystal smartphone. However, there are some worrying bits of information we're hearing about the Japanese company looking to spin off its LCD panel unit. The information comes from two different channels (based on their respective sources), and, according to chatter, the spin off would be necessary in order to deal with some financial difficulties the company has been going through; if it happens, it should ...

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    Here in the US, Sharp hasn't really been a major smartphone brand. There were even years where we'd hardly find ourselves talking about the manufacturer at all, though last summer Sharp became a much harder company to ignore with the launch of the Aquos Crystal on Sprint that wasn't just very affordable, but also sported an eye-catching design with some preposterously narrow bezels. Today's Sharp news doesn't bring us word of any additional models for the States, but we're still a bit fascinated by what the company’s up to now, as it launches a couple new models in Japan, including an ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    We know, we know: embracing displays with resolutions that push into the 2K-space has already been a tough job for smartphone users, with fears that such screens will devour battery life (unfounded or not) or concerns that such super-high resolutions aren't much use on physically very small displays tending to dominate the conversation. On something like a tablet, 2K can be an easier sell, but when we head down in the five-inch range? That's tough to convince people it's worth it, with 1080p already offering near-invisible pixels. But Sharp isn't hearing any of this, and regardless of ...

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    The smartwatch market is already full of some healthy competition, and with new devices like the Apple Watch over the horizon, that's only going to get fiercer. Right now, the various players are competing in terms of software features, hardware style, and price, but for all the success they can find in those fields, there's one issue that nearly everyone continues to struggle with: battery life. Companies have attempted to mitigate the issue with the largest batteries they can manage to squeeze into their wearables, as well as giving their hardware convenient wireless charging ...

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    Whether you asked for them or not, 2K displays on smartphones are here, popping up in more and more of the latest phones from big manufacturers, like the just-launched Nexus 6. We could debate the value of such high-res screens on pocket-sized devices all day long, but we still may have to concede that regardless of demand, manufacturers are always going to be tempted to push limits like this. But with 2K now a reality, what's the next line to cross – the next limit to push? We've already talked about the idea of smartphones with 4K-quality screens, and now Sharp is reportedly working on ...

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    What does “soon” mean in the smartphone world? When you hear that a hot new phone is hitting the carrier of your choice “soon,” are you anticipating it to land maybe in the next couple weeks? Possibly next month? Back in August, we saw the debut of the shockingly compelling Sharp Aquos Crystal, an Android handset with a bezel around its screen so narrow it's essentially not even there. And word that this phone would arrive for the crazy low price of $240 with no contractual obligation sounded almost too good to be true. We were told it was coming soon to Sprint... and then August ...

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    Display panels on smartphones and tablets keep getting more and more pixels, pack those pixels into denser and denser areas, and have even broke free of the 2D plane for some wrap-around curved action. But for all these advancements, sometimes progress just doesn't seem to move quickly enough in one of the most important areas: power consumption. We've been teased by the promise of super-low-power displays utilizing new technologies for years, like the interferometric panel on the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch, but issues with practicality have largely kept the phone and tablet race to an LCD ...

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    When we take a look at any smartphone these days that's not a flagship, design isn't usually something that stands out as a selling point. That's why when Sprint and Sharp went official with the Aquos Crystal earlier today, we were quite impressed; one look at that top side with nearly zero bezel, and we were blown away that such a phone was even possible to manufacture. Because of this, we were naturally quite excited to take this smartphone for a spin in a Sharp Aquos Crystal hands-on video. The Aquos Crystal itself is -- best put -- quite futuristic. It's the closest thing we've seen ...

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    Yesterday we picked up on a rumor that Sprint was about to welcome its first Sharp Aquos smartphone to its lineup, with word that the Aquos Crystal would be announced today. At least, Sprint was teasing a “take the edge off” announcement and the Aquos Crystal sports a blink-and-you-miss-it super-thin bezel. Connect the dots from this to a new partnership between Sharp and Sprint parent company Softbank, and it was all looking pretty plausible. Well, today Sprint has gone ahead and confirmed that interpretation, announcing plans to bring the Aquos Crystal to its own network, as well as ...

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    What happens when a Japanese carrier buys a US carrier? Well, at the moment, nothing has really happened, but wouldn't it be cool if this would mean that some hot Japanese phones will make it to the US earlier on that carrier than any other? We have nothing official to claim that there will be any of this collaboration between SoftBank and Sprint, but a little puzzle could point to that possibility. Sprint's event tomorrow teased the phrase "take the edge off," and showed a lot of crystals all around the invite. If you match that with the recent announcement of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and ...

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