Conics. Jenn K. Lee presents a lovely unboxing of this diamond in the rough (maybe!)
GALAPAGOS 003SH and GALAPAGOS 005SH have both launched on Japanese carrier Softbank; each has a 3.8-inch WVGA display and runs Android 2.2 Froyo on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The 003SH has a 9.6-megapixel camera, while the 005SH has an 8-megapixel camera and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. No word on when - or even if - they will launch outside of Japan. [via 3D-Display-Info]
IS01 clamshell Android MID has gone up for sale in the US, courtesy of importer Conics. They have the 1GHz Snapdragon MID up at $246; that gets you a 5-inch 960 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and dual cameras. Unfortunately the 3G functionality doesn't work, since it uses a Japanese 3G radio. Still, it's a cheap MID and a good way to get a hardware QWERTY keyboard on an Android device. [via Pocketables]
Sharp IS03; now carrier KDDI is flaunting a further three Android smartphones that look reasonably tempting. Toshiba, Sharp and Pantech are behind the new devices - the REGZA IS04, IS05 and SIRIUSα IS06 respectively - running Android and all toting 1-Seg digital TV tuners. The Toshiba REGZA IS04 has a 4-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 12.19-megapixel camera and is waterproof. It also has WiFi, Bluetooth and high-speed 3G data, together with a microSD card slot. It'll land in Japan in January 2010, the only drawback being its Android 2.1 OS. The Sharp IS05 and Pantech IS06, meanwhile, get Froyo and 3.4-inch touchscreens (854 x 480 on the IS05, 800 x 480 on the IS06). The IS05 has an 8-megapixel camera, Snapdragon, 720p HD video recording and Bluetooth/WiFi, while the IS06 has a 5-megapixel camera, and will drop in December. [gallery] [via Akihabara News]
SlashGear Japan have been checking out the latest Android powered hardware for us. Sharp's Galapagos ereader tablets have been catching our eye since the company teased them a few months back, and with the official announcement under their belt they've been showing both the 5.5-inch Mobile and 10.8-inch Home models off at the show. As you can see, neither is exactly running in an entirely optimized state at the moment, with page turns and screen navigation sluggish. More photos at SlashGear Japan. Sharp Galapagos "Mobile": [vms 7b24303ee6a220679dab] Sharp Galapagos "Home": [vms f64d32a5527244d104ce]
has announced its latest Android smartphone, the Sharp IS03, a 2.1 Eclair based handset with a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8650 processor and 9.6-megapixel camera. The KDDI IS03 has a 3.5-inch iPhone 4 matching 960 x 640 touchscreen with a low-power mode that can show status, missed calls and other information without the backlight being active. As for connectivity, there's EVDO Rev.A, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and even infrared, together with GPS and an FM transmitter. Japan's 1-Seg mobile digital TV is also supported, with a pull-out antenna on the top of the phone. The KDDI Sharp IS03 will arrive in Japan at the end of November; no word on if Sharp is planning to release a version for the US or Europe. [via PC Watch]
Video demonstration after the cut.