Sharp to Reconfigure Plant for Smartphone IGZO Displays
Sharp is prepared to alter one of its manufacturing facilities so that it can make more IGZO displays for smartphones. Sharp uses its Kameyama plant to manufacture television set screens, but will sacrifice TV production in order to produce more screens for mobile devices. The company believes it can cut down costs by making large IGZO sheets that can be cut into multiple displays. To-date, few devices outside of Sharp's home market of Japan include IGZO displays. IGZO, or indium gallium zinc oxide, display screens are thinner and use dramatically less energy than the OLED displays. Earlier this year, Samsung invested $110 million in Sharp's display business. Samsung primarily uses AMOLED displays in its smartphones. Sharp's increased production of smartphone-sized IGZO screens paves the way for Samsung to adopt the technology.
Sharp Shows Off Curved Display Concept
Sharp this week revealed a concept smartphone screen that has actual curved corners and nearly no bezels. The concept panel is called Corner R.
Sharp Develops 4K Smartphone Display Prototype
Sharp has engineered a 4K (Ultra HD) screen for smartphones. The prototype measures 5.5 inches across the diagonal and includes 3860 x 2160 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 806 pixels per inch.
SoftBank and Sprint Working with Sharp on Edgeless Phone
SoftBank, which owns Sprint, today said it has chosen Sharp to supply it with low-cost smartphones. The handset deal with Sharp includes Sprint, which will also sell phones made by Sharp.
Foxconn Makes a Play for Sharp
Foxconn has offered to buy Sharp for $5.3 billion, reports the Wall Street Journal. Foxconn's offer arrives just as Sharp is weighing a buyout offer from Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.