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Sony outs new waterproof HDR-GW77V Handycam, available May 25th in Japan

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Sony outs new waterproof HDR-GW77V Handycam, available May 25th in Japan (video)

Despite having launched a full battalion of Handycams back at CES, Sony left the adventurous crowd out by not introducing any ruggedized shooters. With that in mind, the Japanese outfit has taken the wraps off of its first waterproof (and dustproof) Handycam, which packs a mouthwatering 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor capable of 1080p video at 60fps. Staying true to its Handycam roots, the HDR-GW77V sports a 3-inch swivel screen while also offering 16GB of internal storage and a 10x optical zoom. Sony claims the camcorder can handle up to 16 feet of water as well as sustain a five-foot freefall. The HDR-GW77V will be hitting Japanese shelves late next month for 70,000 yen (around $860), and there’s no word on when — or if — it’ll make a trip outside its home turf.

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Sony outs new waterproof HDR-GW77V Handycam, available May 25th in Japan originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sharp posts $1.4 billion extraordinary loss, refocuses on mobile displays

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Sharp posts $1.4 billion extraordinary loss for 2011 - 2012, sees writing on wall in high definitionSharp has reported an extraordinary loss of 117.1 billion yen ($1.4 billion) for the financial year ending March 2012. The company has cited restructuring costs and inventory losses as the causes for the write-down, but also projected that its TV business would lose a further 18.7 percent of its projected sales in the current year. The company has decided to convert some of its big-screen LCD production lines into mobile LCDs as it tries to reassert its dwindling display business. It’s yet more bad news after the company sold part of its LCD manufacturing business to Hon Hai, Sony withdrew from a joint venture and refused to deal with Sharp in the future, plus an 86 percent collapse in profits.

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Sharp posts $1.4 billion extraordinary loss, refocuses on mobile displays originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Visualized: Shopping bag crash helmet protects your head, not your image (video)

Friday, April 20th, 2012

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The Grappa is a tote-style shopping bag that you can wear on your head (once it’s empty) during a natural disaster. It’s less insane than it sounds, because the base of the bag is made from the same EPS foam found in hard-hats, and is rated to cope with falling debris at least as well as similar emergency hoods already on the market. Constructed with the cheapest materials possible, each unit costs around 1,000 Yen ($12) with the hope that companies will buy them, slap a logo on the side and hand them out as a promotional tool that could save plenty of lives. Bet you feel guilty for laughing at the picture now, don’t you?

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Visualized: Shopping bag crash helmet protects your head, not your image (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Meizu MX Quad-core launching with Android 4.0 in June, gets 32GB and 64GB flavors

Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Meizu MX Quad-core launching with Android 4.0 in June, gets 32GB and 64GB flavors

Can’t say we’re surprised, but Meizu’s finally giving us the lowdown on the quad-core variant of its flagship Android smartphone. Simply dubbed the MX Quad-core, this new device will be powered by a Cortex-A9-based, 32nm HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) quad-core Samsung Exynos chip — no word on the clock speed or RAM, but we’re betting our money on the Exynos 4412 that goes up to 1.5GHz. Meizu claims this will save up to 20 percent of CPU power consumption compared to its dual-core counterpart. Also, the battery will be bumped up from 1,600mAh to 1,700mAh — we shall see how much difference this makes when we eventually get our hands on the phone. And yes, in addition to the original white back cover, you’ll be able to swap it with one of the five optional colored covers pictured above.

On the software side you’ll get a Meizu-customized Ice Cream Sandwich system (aka Flyme OS), though it isn’t clear whether the company will stick to its old promise of simultaneously releasing a vanilla ROM. The rest of the new phone’s identical to the dual-core MX, especially the 4-inch 960 x 640 ASV display and the eight-megapixel BSI camera. While there’s still no microSD expansion, here’s some good news to make up for this flaw: the base model starts at 32GB and it’ll cost the same as the current 16GB MX! In other words, come June the unsubsidized MX Quad-core will go from ¥2,999 (US$480) in China and HK$3,099 (US$400) in Hong Kong; and then there’ll also be a 64GB version priced at ¥3,999 (US$635) and HK$4,099 (US$530), respectively. Meanwhile, starting today, the original MX is reduced to ¥2,399 (US$380) and HK$2,599 (US$335). Press release after the break.

Now, with Meizu proudly claiming to have the world’s first smartphone to utilize the quad-core Exynos chip, we wonder where Samsung’s at with its own unicorn device?

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Meizu MX Quad-core launching with Android 4.0 in June, gets 32GB and 64GB flavors originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Japan’s Resident Evil 6 bundle costs $1,300: nets you a leather jacket, doesn’t make you cool

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Japan's Resident Evil 6 bundle costs $1,300: nets you a leather jacket, doesn't make you cool

Engadget has seen plenty of limited edition items looking to lighten the wallets of oil barons and hedge fund managers alike. Now Capcom’s readying its bundle for Resident Evil 6′s Japan launch and it includes protagonist Leon’s leather jacket — available in sizes S, M, L and XL. A complete set of as-yet unrevealed “tablet cases”, supposedly emblazoned with character designs will also arrive in the set, as those wealthy enough to afford the 104,000 yen ($1,300) set presumably have at least four devices to garnish with Resident Evil livery. Japanese one-percenters can hit up the preorder site — with their choice of jacket size — at the source below.

Japan’s Resident Evil 6 bundle costs $1,300: nets you a leather jacket, doesn’t make you cool originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi joint venture Japan Display fires up operations

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The joint venture that is Japan Display agreed on its formalities back in November, and has now finally started operating. While Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi all have a 10 percent stake in the business, the main investment comes from the government-backed INCJ. The collaboration hopes to champion the middle- and small-sized display sector, and has around 6,200 employees, and ¥230 billion (about $2.8 billion) of capital to help it on its way. Now that the wheels are finally in motion, an announcement of its operational divisions, which include “Mobile Business” and “Automotive” hint at what we might expect from the business going forward. Assuming no one sells up that is.

Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi joint venture Japan Display fires up operations originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 07:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sharp and Foxconn enter into manufacturing partnership

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Sharp on Tuesday announced that is has entered into an manufacturing partnership with Foxconn¬†that will see the manufacturing giant take a 10% stake in the Japanese electronics company. Hon Hai has invested nearly 67 billion yen ($809 million) in Sharp in exchange for roughly 121.65 million new shares, which will be spread out between four Foxconn companies. Sharp CEO Takashi Okuda said, “Until now we have handled all of our R&D and manufacturing, but going forward we will need to include partnerships in our approach,” pledging to leverage both companies’ strengths to get products to market efficiently. Each company will hold a 46.5% stake in Sharp’s Sakai plant in western Japan, with the remaining 7% owned by Sony.

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Sony Japan announces ICS for tablets in late April, WiFi-only Tablet P April 21st

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Owners of Sony’s Tablet S and Tablet P can look forward to receiving Android 4.0.3 next month, at least in Japan. Beyond the latest and greatest Google-provided underpinnings, the update will also expand their photo capabilities with activation from the lock screen and the ability to take panoramic pictures, plus a new “Recopla” app for viewing DVR’d TV programs from its Blu-ray recorders. They’ll also have an enhanced “Small Apps” feature that lets users multitask more efficiently, pulling up a windowed web browser, calculator or remote control app. Finally, if the only thing keeping you from the dual-screen Tablet P was its 3G radio and associated data plans, Sony has also announced a WiFi-only version due April 21st with optional color panels for 50,000 yen ($600 US). There’s no word yet on hardware or software availability over here, or further details on Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia line, but more details and pics can be found at the source links below.

Sony Japan announces ICS for tablets in late April, WiFi-only Tablet P April 21st originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Mar 2012 01:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony PlayStation Vita charging accessories detailed in Japan

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Sony’s website now lists Japanese release dates and prices for two PS Vita power accessories that you’re likely to need. The PCH-ZPC1 J portable charger is a 135g (4.8-ounce) unit that takes seven hours to charge to its full 5,000mAh capacity and is then good for around one and half charges of your console — we reckon that’d equate to over 12 hours of mixed-use sessions or at least seven hours of solid gaming. It’ll be out on April 5th for ¥4,500 ($60). Meanwhile, the PCH-ZCA1 J car charger will hit retailers a couple of weeks earlier on March 22nd priced at ¥1,500 ($20) — and there’s really not much more to say about it except that a dead Vita on a road trip would be both a travesty and an oxymoron. Oh, just in case it hasn’t already been etched into your memory, February 22nd is launch day in the US and Europe.

Sony PlayStation Vita charging accessories detailed in Japan originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony’s Q3 earnings are in: wider than expected full year loss, lowered sales projections

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Sony already revealed Kazuo Hirai will take over for Howard Stringer as CEO and President April 1st last night, and with the big shocker out of the way it’s time for the fiscal Q3 reports. After posting a net loss of $346 million last quarter, Sony is now expecting a bigger loss for 2011 than it had previously estimated, as well as lower sales. It’s currently showing a net loss for the quarter of 159 billion yen ($2~ billion), or a $1.2 billion operating loss. Blame is put on a larger than expected effect from the flooding in Thailand, strong yen and weakness in cellphones. Sales for the quarter were about $23 billion, down 17.4 percent from the same quarter last year. The consumer products and services division (HDTVs, PS3s, etc.) in particular caught a brick, with an operating loss of over a billion dollars on sales that dropped 24 percent from last year. It recorded a loss on its sale of shares in the S-LCD venture with Samsung, LCD TVs sold for prices lower than its cost reductions, and the PlayStation 3 had the killer combo of higher marketing costs and lower unit sales. Check the PDF and slides linked below for more bad news. We’ll let you know what we hear on the earnings call in a few, but until then, Kaz, may we suggest bringing in Jimmy Rollins for tips on breaking out of a slump?

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Sony’s Q3 earnings are in: wider than expected full year loss, lowered sales projections originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Feb 2012 01:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sharp to cut LCD production in Osaka plant by half

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Sharp to cut LCD production in Osaka plant by half

Remember that brand-spanking new production facility in Sakai City, Osaka that Sharp just christened a few years back? Japan’s Nikkei business daily reports that Sharp will be cutting output at that factory by a whopping half for a month or maybe longer — its second major reduction in a year. The Sakai factory typically makes 1.3 million 40-inch panels per month but was running at 80-90 percent capacity after being idled in April. Sharp continues to be impacted by the same cutthroat competition in the LCD market that has affected Japanese rivals like Hitachi and Sony as the high yen continues to push up pricing for domestically produced goods while dragging down overseas revenues. Sharp, which recently announced its 2012 lineup, is now thinking about reconfiguring the plant to make panels with higher resolutions and other features during the slowdown.

Sharp to cut LCD production in Osaka plant by half originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 02:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy box points to first paid DLC for Nintendo 3DS

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

3DS owners have been waiting (and waiting) for a chance to take advantage of a downloadable content market, and while Nintendo already accomplished the tough part (read: launching it) a few days back, there’s still been no word on when paid content would make an appearance. Pushing those freebies aside is Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, which is seemingly destined to be the first 3DS title in existence to offer up enhancements in exchange for a few yen. The box here is actually an “early retail dummy unit,” though the verbiage on the back makes quite clear that downloadable material will be available at a cost. Furthermore, there’s a heretofore unseen Nintendo Network badge on the front, which may be a new look for the existing Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. At any rate, the game is scheduled to ship on February 16th in Japan, after which all of this will-it-won’t-it drama will presumably be cleared up.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy box points to first paid DLC for Nintendo 3DS originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Jan 2012 23:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Japanese ‘Dream Project’ looking to kill bugs with LEDs, harvest crops with robots

Monday, January 9th, 2012
Japanese 'Dream Project' looking to kill bugs with LEDs, harvest crops with robots

No, they aren’t harvesting us just yet, but Japan is putting in place a plan that could see automated farms that feature robotic tractors for tilling earth and collecting crops while LEDs keep unwanted pests at bay. It’s part of something called the “Dream Project,” a four billion yen ($52 million) effort to reclaim some of the farmland that was affected by the March tsunami. An area in Miyagi prefecture, 200 miles north of Tokyo, has been identified and, if all goes according to plan, these machines could start roving in as little as six years. Harvesting tiberium could take a little longer.

Japanese ‘Dream Project’ looking to kill bugs with LEDs, harvest crops with robots originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 05:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sanwa pico projector also charges your iPhone

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Apple’s been making inroads with enterprise users for some time, and now Sanwa’s giving the iPhone some serious presentation chops with its new pico projector. The 400-PRJ011 is compatible with both the iPhone 4 and the 4S, powered by its own 2,100mAh battery and also charges your iPhone’s battery whenever you turn the projector function off. It’s got a five hour charge time, can provides 2.5 hours of steady projection and throws images on the wall up to 65-inches in size at 640 × 360 resolution and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. A global release date has yet to be announced, but our Japanese friends can pick one up for ¥19,800 ($260).

Sanwa pico projector also charges your iPhone originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 01:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Casio’s smartphone-ready G-Shock watch set to hit Japan in March

Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Casio’s G-Shock GB-6900 watch was originally set to roll out sometime this year (having even made an appearance at FCC way back in July) but, according to TechCrunch, the company was forced to delay its release to due to shortages resulting from the Thailand floods. Now it looks like you’ll be able to finally pick one up on March 16th of next year — at least in Japan, where it’s set to run ¥18,000 (or about $230). Of course, we wouldn’t be covering this if it was just an ordinary G-Shock watch. The key feature here is Bluetooth LE connectivity (part of the Bluetooth 4.0 spec), which consumes far less power than other Bluetooth variations, and allows the watch to communicate with your smartphone. As you might expect from that tiny display, that functionality is a bit more limited than something like Motorola’s MOTOACTV, but it will let you see incoming calls, emails and text messages, and control some basic features like your phone’s ringer or alarm.

Casio’s smartphone-ready G-Shock watch set to hit Japan in March originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 Jan 2012 17:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nintendo introduces paid DLC, lets you complete the games you completed

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Did you get a Nintendo shaped bundle of joy for Christmas? Completed the games already? Fear not, as from March Kyoto’s gaming veterans will be launching paid downloadable game content for its 3D handheld. The first title to get the goodies will be Fire Emblem, and as yet, there’s no clues about what treats you’ll get for the reported “several hundred yen” you’ll be asked to stump up. Nintendo, however, is understandably keen to stimulate interest in its 3D titles, and more importantly, claw back some of that mobile gaming market-share. With hints of downloadable add-ons coming to the Wii-U also, and Mr Iwata’s previous commitment to deliver the goods, it clearly thinks this is the way to go — let’s just hope all the kinks have been ironed out come release day.

Nintendo introduces paid DLC, lets you complete the games you completed originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S II LTE arrives in Japan, NTT DoCoMo offers up its first course of 4G phones

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Japan has got its first taste of an LTE smartphone, and this one’s Galaxy-flavored. Oh yes, Samsung’s Galaxy S II LTE has made an appearance on NTT DoCoMo, running on the Japanese carrier’s next-generation Xi network and promising top download speeds of around 37.5Mbps. The latest member to the carrier’s top-drawer Next series will set you back around $260 (¥20,000) on a two-year contract. DoCoMo is aiming to reach the hands of 30 million customers by 2015, with another as-yet unnamed several more 4G devices already penned for release before the end of the year. Perhaps the pair of data-loving handsets will help to fill that iPhone-shaped hole in the carrier’s phone catalog.

Update: Contrary to the Asahi Shimbun report, it looks like both the Fujitsu Arrows X LTE F-05D and the LG Optimus LTE will cosy up on the new high-speed network before the end of the year.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE arrives in Japan, NTT DoCoMo offers up its first course of 4G phones originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Nov 2011 06:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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