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Sharp’s 5-inch 1080p smartphone shown off against the competition

Smartphones with quad-core processors and massive 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD displays are going to be the talk of 2013. HTC's already released their DROID DNA, and reports of similar offerings have came from Samsung, LG, and a few others. Today however Sharp is showing off their new 5-inch 1080p smartphone, and comparing it to the competition. It features some pretty impressive specs too so lets take a look.

KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 has an IGZO display for up to 2.5x better battery life

Sharp's new screen technology called IGZO has made a lot of noise because of the improved battery life it claims to offer. Now, a second device featuring this screen has been announced, and this time it comes in the form of the KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21, a 7-inch tablet. It features a 1280 x 800 screen resolution, and according to Sharp, has 2.5x the battery life of similar tablets.

Sharp’s Evangelion Android phone is fan service done right

I'll admit, I was a little skeptical when I read that Sharp and NTT DoCoMo were releasing a modified version of the Japan-only AQUOS SH-06D to coincide with the release of the latest Neon Genesis Evangelion movie. "That's nice," thought I, "it'll probably be a mildly lame tie-in with a themed case and a few ringtones, like the R2-DROID-2." Yeah, apparently not. Fan site EvaGeek.org got a loot at a preview for the upcoming device, and the level of thought and care that's gone into it is astounding.

Sharp unveils Aquos IS14SH with slide-out numeric keypad

There's something to be said for the old T9 input system. Most often that something is "why would you use it on a touchscreen," but for a certain type of user it's extremely useful. Sharp is playing to those users with the unfortunately named Aquos IS14SH,  heading to the Japanese market in the near future. The odd combination of a 3.7-inch touchscreen and a full number pad is achieved by a bottom-sliding mechanism.

Android Community Weekly: October 1, 2011

Welcome back to the 20th issue of Android Community Weekly! We finally have have a quick video demonstration of Android 2.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in action, Amazon has realized an amazingly affordable tablet, and more devices continue to emerge before this holiday season. T-Mobile recently announced their version of the Galaxy S II to launch October 10th for $229. Though, more expensive than the Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G on the "Now" network, it hopefully ships without many of the Epic Touch overheating problems.

Sharp AQUOS 104SH will run Ice Cream Sandwich for Softbank, among others

The first officially-announced phone we've seen set to run Android version Ice Cream Sandwich will be Sharp's AQUOS 104SH, slated for Japanese carrier Softbank. Details on the new device were announced by Softbank, along with other handsets from Sharp, Panasonic and Dell. The 104SH is definitely the pick of the litter, with a 4.5-nch 1280 x 720 screen, 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 CPU, a 12.1-megapixel camera and a IPX5/IPX7 water resistance rating. Pricing on the new phone wasn't announced, but Softbank is aiming for a Spring 2012 release window.