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Sharp to open new LCD plant this month

Sharp will begin production at a state-of-the-art LCD (liquid crystal display) plant in Japan slightly ahead of schedule this month, the company said Tuesday.

NEC, Panasonic to tie on 3G phone chips, software

NEC and Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic) have agreed to work together on basic development of mobile telephone handsets, and with Texas Instruments on a common core hardware platform for future handsets.

Samsung prepping 4GB flash drive for Windows Vista

Samsung Electronics has developed a flash memory-based drive that will help users take advantage of features in Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system to increase performance of their computers.

Number of file-sharers in Japan rises sharply

About 1.8 million people in Japan are active users of file-sharing software, a sharp increase from a year ago, according to a survey by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), TV broadcasters and other industry groups.

Sony aims high with new camcorders

Sony is expanding its line-up of high-definition camcorders to quickly transition its Japanese sales from standard-definition to HD, the company said Wednesday.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

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My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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