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Sharp Unveils 1024 x 480 Touchscreen Handset

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Sharp Unveils 1024 x 480 Touchscreen Handset

So the Touch HD may think it is king of the touchscreen hill with its huge 3.8in 800 x 480 resolution screen (and, to be honest, after a hands-on yesterday, it really is nice...) but Sharp has other ideas...

In a predictably Japanese only launch, the 'FULLTOUCH 931SH' may be a mouthful but its 3.8in 1024 x 480 native resolution is certainly an eye full too taking up the full front of a sizeable slider handset.

This isn't the end of the 931SH's tricks either since it packs in virtually every currently fashionable spec in the book including a high resolution (5.2MP) camera, HSDPA, GPS, an accelerometer and microSDHC expansion slot. There's even a magnetic compass and integrated support for making touch payments - Oyster style.

Of course with all these plus points there have to be downsides like the lack of any substantial native memory or the fact we'll never ever seen one in Europe...

Oh Sharp, we used to adore your wonderful range of GX handsets. Where did all the love go?


Product Page via Sharp.jp

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November 1, 2008, 10:21 pm

Why don't all these amazing Japanese phones come to Europe or even America? Surely the cost of changing the internals for non-Japanese signals would easily be justified by the amount of extra sales they could have?


November 2, 2008, 12:58 am

They don't come cross continent for the same reason iRiver, Samsung or Cowon players don't have the majority share in the Western MP3 Player market (OK those companies are Korean but same point) because it doesn't matter if the products are better and cheaper people don't seem to buy them because they go with what they 'trust' and in the western market people trust the phone manufacturers Apple, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung (I realize there was a little bit of hypocrisy in naming that company) etc. I bet most people haven't heard of Sharp televisions let alone their phones.

m memmory

November 2, 2008, 4:58 am

why wouldn't we have heard of Sharp? Didn't they use to sponser Manchester United for a fair few years which would mean that a lot of people would know the name even if they never brought the products.


November 2, 2008, 6:41 am

gnormie: people didnt trust lg a couple of years ago and that didnt stop their chocolate and shine models from being amongst the most popular sellers

so long as a manufacturers continue to pack their handsets with eye-catching features such as this and into original and novel casings theyll continue to sell regardless of the label


November 2, 2008, 4:46 pm

True, but it took LG a hell of a lot of work to undertake that, and many other overseas handset manufacturers have tried and failed to successfully grab a share in the European market. And in the current economic climate, companies are sticking with what they know, and not taking chances leaping into new markets that may turn a loss.

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