Foxconn owner Hon Hai Group has given limping Sharp a crutch by buying a stake in the Japanese electronics maker and pouring a few billion yen into its LCD business. Taiwanese Hon Hai will hand over ¥66.9bn ($806m, £507m) for a 9.9 per cent stake in Sharp - and will fork out another ¥66bn for a 46.5 per cent stake in the joint …
Last a fair while and let's be honest here, there are very few people who upgrade every year for something that is only marginally better than before.
Just like a washing machine, hoover, kettle etc. - you replace it when the one you have breaks.
Not like an iPhone, iPad, suit etc. - you replace it when you're bored with it.
At least with cars, you can trade them in - there is some residual value... buy a £2k TV and in 3 years it'll be worth £200 if you're lucky. Unless it's a Pioneer Kuro.
It's sad really
Nintendo sources the LCD panels for their portables from Sharp. Seeing Sharp in this state probably means that the handhelds aren't doing well either.
On the other hand, the 3DS had cartridge region lock. We all know how well that goes along with gamers...
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