If you thought Android and clamshell handsets won’t fit, think again: Sharp today introduced [JP] the so-called AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH, a flip phone running on Android 2.3. It’s the first of its kind (at least by a major company), but that’s not all the device has to offer.
Sharp actually squeezed a ton of features into the phone:
- Android 2.3
- 3.4-inch naked-eye 3D LCD touchscreen with 854×480 resolution
- 0.7-inch OLED sub-display
- 16MP CCD camera with 1,280×720 HD video recording support
- waterproof body
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
- digital TV tuner
- digital wallet function (Felica/RFID)
- infrared port
- Micro HDMI interface
- Blu-ray recorder connectivity
- microSD/SDHC slot (shipped with a 2GB card inside)
- W-CDMA, GSM
- size: 113×51.8×19.3mm, weight: 140g
In other words, this thing is quite a monster.
The keyboard section can also be flipped to the back, so you can use the phone like this:
The AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH will be distributed in Japan by mobile carrier SoftBank starting next month. An interesting experiment to see how Japanese consumers will react to a smartphone in a form factor they have been used to for over a decade.