Sharp's Android smartphone will go global

After launching three Android smartphones for Japan, Sharp is readying a similar smartphone for the rest of the world

Sharp is preparing to launch a new Aquos smartphone in markets around the world, it said Friday.

Earlier this month, it launched three versions of the Aquos Phone in Japan. All three run the Android operating system.

One is a clamshell design and includes a 16-megapixel camera, a screen for 3D content, and a mobile digital TV tuner.

The other two have large screens that take up the entire front of the device -- a 3.7-inch display on one and a 4.2-inch display on the other.

They include a couple of features to integrate into a networked living room: An HDMI connector on the phones allow them to be hooked up to high-def televisions, and support for the DLNA consumer electronics networking standard means they will be able to stream content from other HDMI-compatible devices such as computers or Blu-ray Disc players.

Sharp is a mainstay of the Japanese cell phone market but has had limited success outside Japan, where it's better known for its televisions and consumer electronics products.

It hasn't announced details, launch countries or launch dates for its planned non-Japanese model beyond saying it will be available in China. A Sharp spokeswoman said the company does plan to launch it in other markets around the world.

Martyn Williams covers Japan and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags consumer electronicssharpsmartphonesPhones

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?