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AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH: Sharp Shows World's First Clamshell Android Phone

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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
  • GPS
  • 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.