Japan is home to some of the wildest mobile phones we’ve ever had the pleasure to read about. The latest heart breaker to be announced is the Sharp Aquos SH-12C. Coming out on NTT DoCoMo later this month.
It looks like the HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D will have some more competition in the 3D Android smartphone space this summer, as Sharp has just announced a new model for the Japanese market. At present, there’s no word on whether we’ll be seeing this device in the UK, which is slightly disappointing as we really like the look and sound of this device.
The Aquos features a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, packs a 4.2-inch qHD (540 x 960) glasses-free 3D screen, eight-megapixel camera for 2D and 3D video and picture capturing, 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM, WiFi, HSDPA 14Mpbs, Bluetooth and GPS. The SH-12C will be available on NTT DoCoMo in Japan starting May 20 in Black and White and we’d like to see this available worldwide to compete with the LG Optimus 3D (AT&T Thrill 4G) and the HTC EVO 3D.
The design is simple, not very flashy, and there’s no reason why Sharp couldn’t offer this to other countries, but no amount of public outcry will make them do it. We’re just going to have to wait for HTC to hire some new designers and release a mobile phone that doesn’t look like the various models that have come out over the past few years. That or wait for Samsung to hire a materials expert so they can start building devices that don’t feel like they’ll disintegrate in your hands after only a few weeks of use. And we all secretly wish Motorola would cancel Blur and release all of their future devices with stock Android, but that’s a pipe dream.
The Aquos Phone SH-12C runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is set to be launched by NTT Docomo on May 20th. Whether or not the device will get a worldwide release remains to be seen – only Sharp can make that call. But seeing as Sharp smartphones are pretty thin on the ground in the West, we wouldn’t hold our breath.