Sharp GX40 Is Damp Squib

After two years in devlopment this mobile phone is clearly suffering from learning difficulties...

It’s been flippin’ ages (to use the technical term) since the GX30 appeared (more than two years to be precise), and though we’ve had the GX15 and 902/903 since this is the one most Sharp fans have been waiting for.


Sadly, the GX40 doesn’t appear to be the gargantuan leap forward many would’ve expect after such a long hiatus. There’s still no 3G, the integrated digital camera is just 1.3 megapixels (waaaay off what we would’ve expect from a manufacturer which previously lead the field in this area) and the main display is a paltry 2in 320×240 affair (smaller than the GX30). A miniSD slot is built in (expanding the memory up to a maximum of 512MB) and it weights only 98g, but really – as a former Sharp GX groupie – I expected far more.

Of course there’s a media player built in, FM radio, web browser, email client and Bluetooth and you get just under four hours talk time but a range that was once cutting edge is now merely making up the numbers. Even more confusing, is that Sharp has been blazing a trail with high tech phones in the Far East for a number of years now, so why the damp squib over here guys?

The GX40 will debut early in Q1, but pricing isn’t yet known. To be honest, I don’t think I care…

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