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.
The first ever gadget to actually sport an IGZO display is a much less glamorous one than we’d have expected, although it’s still worth a quick look. The Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E has just been unveiled by NTT DoCoMo as part of the Japanese carrier’s fall line-up of smartphones, and, aside from the high-res low power screen, it also holds other aces up its sleeve.
IGZO, short for indium gallium zinc oxide, is a new display technology currently developed by Sharp in collaboration with Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, that could... soon be used in future smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
IGZO displays can apparently offer “high crystallinity” as well as “higher resolutions, low power consumptions and high...