Orange to launch the Sharp Aquos SH80F 3D Android smartphone next month
Sep29

Orange to launch the Sharp Aquos SH80F 3D Android smartphone next month

Phones made and released in Japan usually stay there, and are almost never introduced in other countries. That’s why I was surprised to find out that Orange will officially release the Sharp “AQUOS PHONE SH80F” in France sometime in October. Already available in Japan via NTT docomo as the AQUOS PHONE SH-12C (pictured below), the new Sharp handset runs Android Gingerbread and features a 4.2 inch qHD 3D display, 8MP dual cameras for 3D photos and videos, and a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor. The Sharp Aquos SH80F will be Orange’s “first mobile device capable of converting images and videos from 2D to 3D in real time.” The carrier didn’t say how much the handset will cost, and neither if it’s planning to launch it in other markets except France. All in all, the SH80F is a phone that will certainly give the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D a run for their money. Via Press...

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Yahoo-branded Android Gingerbread phone announced in Japan
Aug19

Yahoo-branded Android Gingerbread phone announced in Japan

Google and Yahoo are far from being best friends, and yet here we have an Android smartphone that’s Yahoo-branded. The handset has been announced in Japan by SoftBank Mobile, and should become available there starting next month. Simply called “Yahoo! Phone”, the device is a remake of the SoftBank 009SH (manufactured by Sharp). It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, measures 123 x 61.5 x 12mm, and features: lots of Yahoo services integrated (Yahoo is Japan’s most popular website, in case you’re wondering), a 4-inch qHD (960 × 540) display, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and an 8MP autofocus camera. SoftBank didn’t say how much the Yahoo! Phone would cost. You can check out the handset here at the carrier’s official website. Via Press release (in Japanese), Tech Crunch...

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Sharp Galapagos 7-inch Android Tablet passes FCC
Jul01

Sharp Galapagos 7-inch Android Tablet passes FCC

Sharp is looking to enter the mobile market with its own attempt at an Android Tablet. Unfortunately, we don’t have many details on the device besides a few different size dimensions and the name “Galapagos.” We’ve heard rumors in the past of a 5-inch and 10-inch version of the Galapagos, and we saw a 10.8-inch version pass through the FCC earlier this year. We have just found out that the 7-inch version of the  Sharp Galapagos Android Tablet has just passed through the FCC. Like every other FCC filing, we don’t really find out anything new except that the device is on track for its debut in the US. Now we’ll just have to wait to see what Sharp plans to do to separate the Galapagos from competing tablets. My best guess is that the tablet will at run on Honeycomb or possibly Ice cream Sandwich. Sharp would be smart to aim for a low price to make their product a more viable choice compared to the iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom. We will keep you updated on the Sharp Galapagos....

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Another Sharp Android phone (SH8188U) coming to North America, Europe and Asia?
Jun23

Another Sharp Android phone (SH8188U) coming to North America, Europe and Asia?

Here’s another Sharp Android smartphone that may be released in North America sometime soon – just like that QWERTY handset that we told you about a few weeks ago. This time, we’re dealing with a keyboardless device that’s called Sharp SH8188U. According to the Bluetooth SIG, this smartphone should be introduced not only in North America, but also in Asia and Europe. The handset currently runs Android 2.2 and features a WVGA display, Wi-Fi, 3G, HDMI, 5MP camera, and HD video recording. While there are several Chinese websites that seem to confirm the SH8188U’s launch in China (like this one), we can’t be sure about its availability in Europe and North America yet. But the folks over at the Bluetooth SIG probably know something we don’t. More on this as we get...

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New Android-based Sharp phone leaked, coming to AT&T?
Jun01

New Android-based Sharp phone leaked, coming to AT&T?

We’ve just received a photo of an unannounced and previously unseen Sharp Android smartphone, and we have reasons to believe this may be a new Sidekick handset for T-Mobile USA. Yes, an Android-based Sidekick, just like the Sidekick 4G (which, of course, isn’t made by Sharp, but by Samsung). According to our source, the new smartphone features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display, GSM / WCDMA connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a photo camera on the back. There’s a full QWERTY keyboard, too – this can’t be forsaken when we’re talking about a Sidekick, right? Update: this is certainly not a future Sidekick, not only because it’s missing some standard Sidekick features, but also because it turns out it has 850 / 1900 UMTS connectivity, and, from what we’re hearing, it should be released by AT&T. If you remember, AT&T launched a somewhat similar handset in 2010: the Sharp FX featurephone. And now they’re going the Android way. Good for them. We’ve been assured that this is a real device, and is headed to North America. We have no other details on it for now, but we’ll report back as soon as new info is...

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Disney Android phone announced in Japan
Jan17

Disney Android phone announced in Japan

Disney Mobile (which operates as an MVNO in Japan) announced the upcoming launch of its first smartphone. Available to Japanese customers starting next month, the smartphone is based on Android 2.2 Froyo and seems to be a Disney-branded version of the Sharp 003SH. The Disney Android phone features a 3.8 inch WVGA 3D touchscreen display, 9.6MP camera, HD video recording, 1GHz processor, and exclusive Disney content and services (including a Disney email address). Disney Mobile will also offer optional Disney-themed cases (seen above) for its new Android device. The smartphone’s price has not been announced. Via Press release, Akihabara...

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Sharp Alice SH0037D and Tango SH6017D launched in India with Opera Mini pre-installed
Jan13

Sharp Alice SH0037D and Tango SH6017D launched in India with Opera Mini pre-installed

Sharp has recently released two new phones in India: the Sharp Alice SH0037D and the Sharp Tango SH6017D. Both handsets come with Opera Mini pre-installed, so users will have a quick way of accessing the web while on the go. Apart from featuring Opera Mini, the Sharp Alice has a 2.8 inch WQVGA (400 x 240) touchscreen display, G-sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, Music and video players, FM radio, 3MP camera, and MicroSD card support. The Sharp Tango is a clamshell with a 2.9 inch WQVGA touchscreen display that can be rotated 180 degrees, G-sensor, pedometer, media player, FM radio, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 5MP camera. You can find more about the Alice and the Tango at Sharp India’s official website:  here and here. “There is no doubt that the mobile phone revolution has embraced India and to compliment that we have also seen exponential growth in mobile data traffic in the country. We are happy to be a part of this revolution in enabling mobile Internet and partner with a company such as Sharp as it introduces these two phones for the Indian market”, declared Opera CEO Lars Boilesen. Via Press...

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Sharp is promising 3D smartphone by the end of the year
Aug04

Sharp is promising 3D smartphone by the end of the year

Sharp is reportedly planning to make a big splash in the global smartphone space later this year. Sharp is already one of the biggest phone manufacturers for the advanced Japanese market, and has recently tried to make inroads into the rest of the world by being the company that produced Microsoft’s failed Kin line of featurephones. New plans from Sharp focus on a smartphone with a 3D display that will be viewable without any special glasses. The camera may take 3D pictures as well. This follows Sharp’s unveiling of the 3D mobile display technology earlier this year. 3D technology in bigger display sizes such as TVs has failed to gain any significant traction, and one of the reasons for this seems to be the need of special glasses to view content in 3D. It’s always been said that developing 3D TVs that don’t require glasses would finally push 3D into the mainstream, but it looks like phones will get there before TVs. It is undoubtedly an interesting strategy from Sharp, and one which will clearly differentiate them from all the other smartphone manufacturers. In a world dominated by very similar specs, Sharp’s smartphone will really bring something new to the table. How much of a USP the 3D display will turn out to be remains to be seen, but, like the Samsung Galaxy Beam, this is clearly something else. This has the potential to propel Sharp into the global smartphone space, where, strangely, very few Japanese companies have made it. And as lucrative as the Japanese market can be, worldwide expansion clearly makes sense. Via...

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AT&T launches Sidekick-lookalike Sharp FX
Jul19

AT&T launches Sidekick-lookalike Sharp FX

Sharp was the company that manufactured T-Mobile’s Sidekick line of phones. They were also the ones making Microsoft’s Kin One and Kin Two. Neither of those lines has proven to be a real mass-market success in the USA, but Sharp seem set to adopt the “pick yourself up and try again” philosophy. Hence, the Sharp FX, just officially unveiled by AT&T. If you’re having a bit of a deja-vu, fret not – it does actually look very much like a Sidekick. Interesting to see Sharp still having a lot of faith in this design. This is the first Sharp device to hit AT&T, and if it will be successful I’m sure that the Japanese phone maker will become even more interested in the American market, and perhaps launch a bunch of other models as well. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s what the Sharp FX will get you, in brief: access to AT&T’s mobile TV service for $10/month 2 Megapixel camera full touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard Bluetooth 2.1 HTML browser AT&T Navigation AT&T social networking software The Sharp FX will be available in AT&T stores and online starting on July 25th. It will cost $99.99 for new 2-year contracts after a $50 mail-in rebate. I wonder if the Sidekick-loving crowd would be willing to give this phone a chance. It does have their beloved form-factor, albeit might require a carrier switch. Or perhaps they’ve all long moved on to a smartphone or another by now. Via...

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Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two coming to Verizon on May 6 for under $100 on contract
May05

Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two coming to Verizon on May 6 for under $100 on contract

That rumor about the launch date of Verizon’s Kin One and Kin Two was almost exact: the new Microsoft phones will be available online at Verizon starting May 6. The devices will also be available in the carrier’s stores across the US, but only starting May 13. Microsoft has confirmed these launch dates. Moreover, the company has also announced the handsets’ prices: the Kin One costs $49.99, while the Kin Two will be $99.99. Both prices are after $100 rebates with a 2-yr Verizon contract agreement, requiring a $40 voice plan and $30 data plan (a total of $70 per month). Manufactured by Sharp, the Microsoft Kin One and Two are youth-oriented phones with touchscreen displays, full QWERTY keyboards, social networking integration, Zune integration, and pretty good photo cameras (5MP and 8MP respectively). The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two will also be available across Europe, via Vodafone – but this will happen sometime in autumn. Via...

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