Akihabaranews: Good lord! I have to admit that it has been a while since I haven’t been amazed by a TV, and truth to be told I wonder why no one has introduced such TV before!
Ladies and gentlemen, behold Sharp AQUOS F5 Series, a new generation of LED backlights TV that comes with a completely redesigned architecture that now comes in an ultra simple package of just five layers if you include the TV bezel! (more…)
Electronista: Sharp Japan has launched the BD-HP90, which it first announced back in September. The 1.3-inch thin device supports 3D Blu-ray content in 1080p at 24fps as well as support for DVDs, CDs and digital formats through USB including DivX HR and JPEGS and MP3.
But like many home entertainment devices currently available, it is also web-enabled. It offers support for Netflix video and Pandora audio streaming through its in-built Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections. It DLNA compliant giving users the option of streaming media from compatible devices wirelessly for display on a connected TV.
The Sharp BD-HP90 ships in Japan on November 20 for the equivalent of $450. US availability and pricing has not yet been announced.
Samsung releases Galaxy Tab: The hype has finally ended as the Samsung Galaxy Tab was unveiled this morning at IFA. All eyes were on the stage as Samsung ran the press through the Tab’s many (already leaked) features, for the full experience check out T3’s hands-on images. Next on its agenda was the Samsung UN65C8000 the world’s largest 3D LEDTV which was also released today boasting a near £5000 price tag. Ouch. Finally Samsung have also released its HD HMX-T10 1080p camcorder with a 20-degree lens angle which is designed to making shooting that glorious HD footage less strenuous.
Philips gives customers the ‘cinema’ experience: Philips today announced its Cinema 21:9 Platinum 3D TV, which although having a very long name, is actually incredibly cool. Boasting a cinema-esque 21:9 aspect ratio and Full HD 3D this TV was the flagship among Philips many 3D releases of the day.
Loewe enters the 3D market: German company Loewe has unveiled its 3D concept TV at IFA, and what a concept it is. Looking quite simply like a piece of high art rather than a LED HD 3DTV the concept was just one of three new products launched by Loewe.
Sharp adds a pixel to 3D: Sharp’s HD Quattron series has been given the 3D treatment in the form of their first 3D HDTV the Sharp 3D Quattron TV. Utilising an extra yellow pixel Sharp is able to make images seem brighter and clearer, which can only be a good thing in terms of 3D. We like.
Toshiba launches iPad rival: Toshiba has released the Folio 100 Tablet which it hopes will give it a firm stake in the tablet market. Running Android 2.2 and measuring 10.1 inches the Folio is larger than the other Tablet rival the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Toshiba has also released another first for the company in the form of the REGZA WL 3D series; its first 3D HD LEDTV. REGZA series also now includes the VL range which is a high-end HD LED range based around the WL 3D TV’s but without 3D compatability, instead aiming for high spec 1080p display quality.
Gizmag: In April this year, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced the final specifications for the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format which can more than double the storage capacity of existing 50GB dual layer discs. The new BDXL format supports rewritable discs of up to 100GB and 128GB for write-once recordable discs. Looks like Sharp gets to claim bragging rights as the first company to release both media and hardware that supports the new standard – two new BDXL compatible AQUOS Blu-ray Disc recorders, as well as 100GB write-once BDXL format media to the Japanese market this month.
The new BD-HDW700 and BD-HDW70 Blu-ray Disc Recorders will support the recording and playback of BDXL conformant media, which includes triple-layer 100GB and quadruple-layer 128GB discs, along with the current 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray discs. However, the first BDXL format media Sharp will release is of the triple-layer 100GB variety, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the higher capacity, quadruple-layer 128GB discs.
The 100GB VR-100BR1 discs should be good for around 12 hours of terrestrial digital TV broadcasts (17 Mbps) or approximately 8.6 hours of BS digital broadcasts (24 Mbps). Potential users should note that, while current Blu-ray discs will play in the new BDXL players, BDXL discs will not work in current players.
The new AQUOS players also support the playback of Blu-ray 3D discs and come with two digital tuners and one analog tuner built in. Both players also feature a HDD – 2TB capacity for the BD-HDW700 and 1TB for the BD-HDW70.
Sharp will release both the BD-HDW700 and BD-HDW70 BDXL compatible AQUOS Blu-ray disc recorders as well as its 100GB VR-100BR1 media in Japan on June 30, 2010. Pricing details are yet to be announced.
T3: Samsung and Sony beware; the other big S in TVs is coming for the 3D crown. A new big-player entered the 3D TV market earlier this week as the Japanese electronics giant Sharp unveiled its inaugural line of LCD Aquos Quattron 3D TVs.
Sharp, who bucked the 3D trend earlier this year by instead unveiling its fourth colour (yellow) technology, has now entered the extra dimensional market with a range of four 3D TVs set to challenge the current 3D competitors, Samsung and Sony.
Sharp’s range will include 40, 46, 52 and 56-inch models that, thanks to the inclusion of Sharp’s LED backlight technology, are a staggering skinny 3.9mm thick.
Setting its new LV range of Quattron 3D TVs apart from those 3D models already on the market, Sharp are promoting its line as the world’s first four primary-colour 3D displays, adding yellow to the traditional red, green and blue for more brightly defined images.
Again setting itself apart from the competition and whilst Samsung are raving about their 2D to 3D image conversion, Sharp has flipped things on its head, boasting about its 3D to 2D conversion capabilities, presumably for when you want to get back to the good ol’ days.
Paired with AN-3DG10 glasses, expected to cost around £75 each, the 3D Quattron range has been launched alongside the arrival of the Aquos BD-HDW700 and BD-HDW730 3D Blu-ray players, both of which will lead double lives as hard-disk recorders capable of keeping hold of up to 2TB of data.
A UK release date for Sharp’s 3D range has yet to be announced but if we are honest, we can’t see the four-coloured 3D sets rocking up anytime soon.
Gizmag: Anyone who has had a chance to experience 3D, whether it be at the cinema or on one of the multitude of 3D TVs hitting the market, will be aware that image brightness takes a hit thanks to the eyewear required for the 3D effect, be they passive or active shutter. Now Sharp has given its four-primary-color TVs we first saw at CES earlier this year the 3D treatment. The company says the sets not only boast the industry’s highest brightness, but also feature extremely low “crosstalk” – the undesirable double “ghost” images evident with many 3D TVs.
Sharp’s four-primary-color TVs uses four pixel colors, (red, green, blue and yellow), to produce images instead of the standard three, (red, blue and green). Sharp says adding yellow to the mix contributes to brighter, more vivid colors thanks to higher light transmission efficiency through the panel and a wider range of colors that can be reproduced. (more…)
Akihabara News: Sharp announced Yesterday at Osaka 2 new Blu-Ray recorders with the BD-HDW55 and its 500GB HDD as well as the BD-HDW53 and its 320GB HDD, capable of offering 10x more recording time compared with the usual DR recording method. Offering up to 63h of Digital Video recording for example on the 500GB HDD model, 3h on a 25GB Blu-Ray Disc or finally up to 6h of the very same Digital HD Video on a 50GB Blu-Ray disc in the maximum video quality possible.
Bloomberg: Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest maker of liquid-crystal display televisions, sued Sharp Corp. in a U.S. court, escalating a trade battle over LCD-TVs and other electronics.The patent-infringement lawsuit was filed Dec. 2 in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, similar to a complaint Samsung filed against Sharp with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. The lawsuit seeks cash compensation for what Samsung contends is infringement of three patents.
Both cases involve patents related to the way LCD screens portray the black and white portion of images, minimizing the effects of static electricity and improving the image quality. The ITC case seeks to ban imports of Sharp televisions and other LCD devices, while the civil suit asks a court to force Sharp to pay damages for past infringement.
“Samsung and Sharp have many patents related to LCD technology so these kinds of lawsuits will continue to occur as long as they make TVs,” said Kim Yoo Jin, an analyst at Taurus Investment & Securities Co. in Seoul. “They could settle, but it may take a long time for that to happen.”
The companies have been fighting for more than two years over LCD technology, and each filed earlier requests to the ITC to ban the other’s televisions from the U.S. The latest legal fight targets Sharp’s Aquos HDTVs made in Mexico.
Chris Loncto, a spokesman for Sharp, said the company had no comment on the latest dispute.
Samsung rose 0.5 percent to 763,000 won as of 10:51 a.m. in Seoul trading, while Sharp rose 0.4 percent to 1,074 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Samsung retook the top spot in U.S. sales of LCD TVs in the third quarter, with almost 17 percent of the market, according to market researcher iSuppli Corp. of El Segundo, California. Sharp doesn’t rank among the top five.
Both companies have joint manufacturing ventures with Sony Corp., which battles Samsung for the title of world’s largest maker of TVs and is ranked fifth by iSuppli in LCD TV sales in the U.S. The ITC complaint doesn’t seek to block any Sony products, nor is Tokyo-based Sony a party in either case.
Last month, the ITC said certain LCD TVs and computer monitors made by Samsung that infringe Sharp patents should be banned from the U.S. That decision is being reviewed by President Barack Obama. Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung has said it will be able to work around the Sharp patents to ensure any ban doesn’t interfere with its sales.
Because of a case brought by Samsung that’s currently on appeal, Osaka-based Sharp isn’t allowed to import Sharp LCD televisions, including those sold under the Aquos name, that infringe a Samsung patent for an LCD with a wider viewing angle.
Sharp has continued to sell its televisions overseas, saying it changed its products to avoid using the Samsung invention.
In a filing with the ITC on Dec. 1, Samsung contended the Sharp LCD panels in the altered Aquos and other TVs continue to infringe the patent and asked the commission to find that Sharp is violating the order to stop imports that use the Samsung technology.
Sharp’s redesigned LCD television models still infringe patents, Samsung said in the filing. The Korean company said Sharp should be forced to pay $100,000 for every day it violates the earlier order.
The civil case is Samsung Electronics Co. v. Sharp Corp., 09cv920, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (Wilmington.
The new ITC case is In the Matter of Liquid Crystal Display Devices, Complaint 2698, U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington). The Sharp case against Samsung is In the Matter of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Modules, 337-634, and the earlier Samsung case is In the Matter of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices and Products Containing Same, 337-631, both ITC.
Engadget: The US International Trade Commission already ruled in June of this year that Sharp had infringed on one patent held by Samsung, but it’s now back with another ruling that finds Samsung violated no less than four LCD-related patents held by Sharp.
Once again, the ITC has also barred Samsung from selling the infringing LCDs in the US (still not clear on exactly what’s affected), but Samsung seems more than ready to comply with the ruling, saying that there will be “no impact on our business and our ability to meet market demand.”
For its part, Sharp simply says that the ruling has “made it clear that ITC has consistently supported Sharp’s claim that LCD products of Samsung violated Sharp’s patents” — Samsung, meanwhile, says it has no plans to negotiate with Sharp on the issue, so let’s just hope its workaround is more than a quick fix.
Reuters: Japanese consumer electronics makers Pioneer Corp and Sharp Corp said on Monday that they would delay the merger of their optical disc operations as anti-trust reviews continue overseas.
The two companies reached an agreement for the merger earlier in the year and were scheduled to start the joint venture on Oct 1, in a bid to establish a leading position in the Blu-ray disc market.
Pioneer also said it is still in talks with investors to raise money to shore up its finances. The struggling company has said it aims to raise 40 billion yen ($448.7 million) from investors including Honda Motor Co Ltd, which plans to invest 2.5 billion yen. The automaker procures car navigation systems from Pioneer.