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.
Sharp has announced a new 1080p equipped Android powered smartphone in Hong Kong. The device features a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 5-inch Full HD display, 32GB internal memory and Jelly Bean.
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 the Fall 2012 lineup of flagship Android smartphones mostly uses displays that measure 4.7 inches across the diagonal, it looks like 2013 will bring us an avalanche of Android smartphones with a 5 inch display.
How about this for a mind-boggling statement – one of the world’s first ever 1080p smartphones doesn’t impress, being more of a mid-ranger in most aspects than a top tier device?
Microsoft is licensing out exFAT to device manufacturers. This means we might see better storage systems on smartphones and tablets in the near future.
Unlike many of its Android gems that have been kept within the country, it looks like Sharp will be bringing one of its Aquos phones to an international audience. The Aquos SH930W is a better variant (display-wise) of the Japan-only Xx 203SH and the SH-02E, as it packs a a 5-inch Full HD display with 440ppi pixel density.
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.