Printed from http://www.electronista.com

KDDI gets Android with Sharp's IS01 communicator

updated 07:55 am EDT, Tue March 30, 2010

Sharp's IS01 takes cues from MIDs, smartbooks

KDDI became the last Japanese carrier to adopt Android on Tuesday with the addition of the unusual Sharp IS01. A "communicator" rather than a phone, the handheld is unique in having the 5-inch, 960x540 display of a MID (mobile Internet device) but the notebook-like design and 1GHz Snapdragon processor of a smartbook. Sharp suggests it can be used solely with thumbs and gives it multi-touch in addition to a trackball.

The Android 1.6-based device depends mostly on its EVDO Rev A-based 3G for data but has 802.11g Wi-Fi and can even make CDMA phone calls in a speakerphone mode. It's also the first Android device to support 1Seg TV tuning and carries both a 5.3-megapixel rear camera and a front 0.4-megapixel unit for conversations. Sharp has given it just 4GB of internal storage but promises room for more with a microSDHC slot.

KDDI is unveiling the IS01 very early and may not have the publicly available version ready for the au network until early October. A developer-oriented version, the JN-DK01, ships in May. Pricing should be settled closer to the respective ship dates. [via Impress]





By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, ...

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News