Sharp looks to beat rivals at big-TV game in U.S.


Sharp Corp. is pinning its hopes on big flat-screen TVs as it vies in the U.S. market against South Korean rivals Samsung and LG Electronics as well as domestic foes including Panasonic Corp.

By taking advantage of its expertise in manufacturing large liquid crystal displays, Sharp said Monday it will release an 80-inch flat TV featuring 3-D technology on the U.S. market in April, carrying a price tag of $6,499 (about ¥500,000). The company has already introduced 80-inch models, but without 3-D effects.

The announcement came ahead of the four-day International Consumer Electronics Show set to open in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Sharp also said it will release another 80-inch flat screen for business users boasting a touch-panel user interface.

Organic Toshiba tablet


Toshiba Corp. has unveiled a prototype tablet computer featuring a high-resolution organic electroluminescent display.

Toshiba showed the prototype to the media ahead of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It has a 7.7-inch organic EL display, and Toshiba says it is shooting for a tablet that weighs no more 350 grams and is less than 8 mm thick.

Toshiba also unveiled prototype tablets with 13.3-inch and 5.1-inch displays.

The company is aiming to put the devices powered by Google Inc.’s Android operating system on sale in the Japanese, U.S. and European markets in fiscal 2012.