The Japanese have always had a thing for flipphones and clamshells and despite over the years, the rest of the world have moved on with full touchscreens, the Japs remain fond of the retro design. Its therefore not entirely unexpected that Sharp and Softbank of Japan have together rolled out the new AQUOS Android phone “The Hybrid 007SH”.


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Softbank Mobile (Sharp) has announced their latest AQUOS SHOT 933SH. Featuring a powerful 10 megapixel resolution camera that supports up to ISO 12800 sensitivity, this means the 933SH will be capable of outstanding image quality even when shooting in low-light. Low-light or limited light shooting is a major problem for many camera phones, the Sharp AQUOS SHOT 933SH is probably the first to address this!

Softbank Sharp AQUOS SHOT 933SH Mobile Phone 5

There is also a touch interface that lets you choose the point of focus that can then be tracked as it moves. Other specs include a 3.3-inch display, 16GB of internal storage, bluetooth, GPS, FeLica and built-in dictionary. The 933SH will come in Black, White, Gold, Pink, and Blue. Gallery of the Sharp AQUOS SHOT 933SH mobile phone following the jump..

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It looks like the HTC Touch HD’s title for being the only HD mobile handset in the market won’t last very long. Another Softbank related news for you folks, Softbank and Sharp have teamed up to release the FULLTOUCH 931SH. It’ll have a large, 3.8-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 480. The phone comes with a 5.2 megapixel camera, along with GPS, HSDPA, accelerometer, bluetooth, a fascinating magnetic compass and because it’s going to be used in Japan, on-board support for wireless payment systems -very neat!

No word on pricing and availability at the moment, most certainly though, the 931SH won’t be coming to anyone else that doesn’t live in Japan. But we’ll hopefully have more info and photos for you on this latest handset soon.

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Comparing to many of iPhone’s smartphone companions, the iPhone has just been made a whole lot more interesting. Softbank (Japan) has just given Japanese iPhone users an interesting mobile TV add-on, I’m not talking about some sort of new iPhone application neither is it some kind of latest technology, but a whole new separate tv tuner unit and aerial that will have the ability to retransmit signal over Wi-fi to the iPhone.

In Japan, 1Seg TV is popular which lets Japanese watch mobile TV on their mobile devices. And many Japanese mobile phones come with built-in 1Seg TV tuner except the iPhone.

So I guess the Japanese love their tele just as much as we brits do!

This new 1Seg TV tuner gadget by Softbank will of course also include its own additional battery and in fact, is a more like a separate unit on its own. To get it going, all that will need to be done is to plug in the tuner to the proprietary port of the iPhone 3G, then it will start receiving 1Seg broadcast giving you mobile tv.

However, here’s the catch, it doesn’t actually display images on your iPhone, it displays it on its own separate screen, which doesn’t appeal to me as anything near portable at all! Assuming this broadcast system in Japanese is free, I think I would still have to be pretty desparate to watch 1Seg TV to have me carry around all those gadget, so I think I’ll pass for now…

[via TechChee]

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Softbank (huh?), yes it may be confusing, but its what they call Sharp nowadays in Japan. Featured above is the Softbank 824SH which was displayed at the CEATEC JAPAN 2008 in Tokyo and captured by AVING. It claims to be the world’s slimmest waterproof mobile phone, without me going into everything and destroying the excitement, here are the main specs:

  • 2.8″ Widescreen QVGA LCD
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 127 g
  • W50.0 × H105.0 × D15.3 mm
  • 3G

Unfortunately like most things that launch from Japan, they take a long time or even never make it into our markets, let’s hope this one does!

Further details including a downloadable manual can be found via the Softbank link below…

[via AVING, Softbank]

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