updated 04:10 pm EST, Thu January 29, 2009
Sharp intros 8MP handset
Sharp is due to release its SH001 handset in Japan for use on KDDI's CDMA 1X WIN 3G network. The clamshell handset's notable features consist of an 8-megapixel CMOS camera and a dual-hinged design that allows the 3-inch, 480x854 pixel LCD screen to rotate out to face the user while being folded into the handset. The camera has an integrated autofocus and face recognition capability, while its ISO rating can be set as high as 2,500 for capturing images in low-light environments.
To allow for clearer conversations in busy locations where ambient noise is present, a noise-canceling feature is built-in, along with a "Slow Talk" button that lets users better understand callers by slowing down their speech. A cut function allows users to quickly take text that is over the character limit and transfer it to a new e-mail or text message.
An assisted GPS service is offered, and users can access a music download portal. Other software includes dictionaries and an e-wallet. The integrated 740MB of usable memory is backed up by a microSD card slot, allowing users to add much more storage space. Bluetooth and infrared short-range wireless connections are included, and the SH001 has the ability to pick up 1Seg TV broadcasts.
Available in white, pink or black in Japan later this year, the SH001 is expected to cost the equivalent of $440. [via Impress]