Samsung is reportedly getting ready to launch its own 12-inch tablet some time in the not-too-distant future, beating Apple to the punch in early 2014. Here’s what we know so far.
The Sharp Aquos Pad SH-08E made its debut as the newest 7-inch Android tablet available through NTT DoCoMo. It comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2 and equipped with a 1920×1200 pixel resolution 7-inch IGZO display.
Samsung has gained a 3% stake in Sharp for 10.4 million yen or $112 million USD. With this deal, Samsung has gained access to Sharp’s IGZO technology. What does this mean for you?
Qualcomm inked a deal with Sharp earlier this week that says they’ll own as much as 5% of the company if the Japanese display maker can get back to good health. According to Retuers, Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is still interested in investing in Sharp, despite the fact that Foxconn signed a deal with the American chip designer.
Qualcomm, the chip designer, has allegedly agreed to purchase 5 billion Japanese yen worth of Sharp stock. That’s roughly $61 million or about 2.6% of the company. Now we know what you’re thinking, why is Qualcomm getting in the screen business? They’re actually not, they just want to make sure that Sharp stays afloat.
Despite being knee-deep in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy, Sharp is still hard at work in promoting new Android devices with quite the innovative specs. The Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E is the company’s new Japanese flagship phone and will hit the market on November 29.
When it comes to displays, there are only four companies you should care about: Sharp, Samsung, LG, and Japan Display Incorporated. The last one, known as JDI for short, is actually a joint venture made up of Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba. These four companies each have their own distint innovations. Samsung for example, they’re known for AMOLED. JDI, they’re making ultra high resolution LCD panels. LG is seen as being one of Apple’s largest supplier. And then there’s Sharp.
While many big-time Western-based smartphone manufacturers are simply struggling to survive, the smaller Chinese companies are growing and growing. And not just in the low-range budget-friendly niche, but also in the high-end sector, where Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi have made quite the splashes lately.
With the already high stakes in the patent wars increasing by the day, the debates over what is true innovation are getting more confusing than ever, especially for regular users. Still, it’s not as difficult as one would think to invent, reinvent and push technology limits.
After unveiling the world’s first ever smartphone sporting an IGZO panel last week, Sharp continues its mission to make the new technology popular by introducing the first tablet with such a display. The Aquos Pad SHT21 is the name of the 7-inch tab scheduled to get a Japanese launch on KDDI sometime in mid-December, and, while it will probably never get out of Asia, we can’t stop drooling over it.