Sharp starts shipping of iPhone 5 screens

Sharp Corp., which is touted as one of Japan’s top tech firms, is reportedly shipping out screens from their factory that are rumored to be for Apple’s latest iPhone that will be released this October.

According to Sharp president Takashi Okuda, shipment will begin this month. He announced this during a press briefing in Tokyo together with the company’s release of its latest quarterly earnings.

Apple has been in the news not only for their brewing battle with Samsung, but also about speculations with regards to their next iPhone. Said speculations even became intense when the company announced that they are planning to have a major product launch this September.

Sharp didn’t comment on their partnership with the Cupertino based tech firm, but the screens that they are shipping out are rumored to be for Apple.

Sharp isn’t the sole provider for the iPhone screens as LG Display Co Ltd and Japan Display Inc are also set to provide Apple with screens for the said device.

The next iPhone is set to have larger screens set to recover its lost glamour that was lost due to the popularity of Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

Will you be holding out buying a new smartphone to wait for Apple’s latest iPhone?

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Softbank to release a smartphone that can detect radiation

Japan’s Softbank Corp announced last Tuesday that they have developed a smartphone equipped with radiation detectors. To be released soon, this device was created to measure radiation levels in atomic hotspots that were triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan a year ago.

Some parts of northeastern Japan are still off-limits because of the high radiation level, after a nuclear plant in Fukushima was destroyed by the strong quake and the eventual Tsunami that followed in its aftermath. The catastrophe caused massive radiation leaks in the area.

Groups have been calling for constant radiation monitoring in public facilities, including schools and offices.

Softbank president and founder Masayoshi Son said, “The threat from the nuclear accident cannot be seen by the human eye and continues to be a concern for many people, especially for mothers with small children.”

The device, which is included in the Softbank’s Pantone line, will be available in different colors and features IC chips that measure radiation levels developed by Sharp Corp.

The device can also track the location the user tests for radiation levels.

Softbank is Japan’s third biggest mobile phone operator. The company has yet to release the price of their new smartphone, but Son told reporters that it will be priced affordably.

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