KDDI out new ISO4, IS05 and IS06 Android smartphones

Japan has already taunted us with the 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]

Sharp Galapagos ereader tablets video demos

CEATEC 2010 has been running this week over in Japan, and 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]

Initial thoughts on Sharp’s ISO3

CEATEC is currently in full swing over in Japan, we have seen quite a few new releases in all aspects of technology. One that is generating quite a bit of buzz mainly due to it’s 960 x 640 (retina display without the branding) is the Sharp ISO3.

KDDI Sharp IS03 gets 960 x 640 display, 9.6MP camera

Japanese carrier KDDI 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]

Sharp announces 2 new Android Ereader tablets, named Galapagos

Sharp has officially announced 2 new eReader tablets that it has been working on. The 2 tablets, one “mobile” and one “home”, short for small and big, are code named Galapagos. This is not only the bizarre name of the hardware but also Sharp’s new eBook ecosystem. The home model is a 10.8-inch LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 800, while the mobile version is only 5.5 inches with a 1024 x 600 resolution display. Video demonstration after the cut.

Sharp Introducing Two 3G Smartphones for Chinese Market with Tapas OS

Last week we heard word of a new mobile OS called Tapas, it was announced by former Google China head Kai-Fu Lee and has now been confirmed to be shipping on 2 new Sharp cellphones later this year. The OS is based on Android and is built specifically for the Chinese market. Some of the starter features of this new OS include the ability to identify geographic origin of incoming calls, syncing with popular Chinese social networks, and a new “karaoke-style” music player that identifies songs and then displays their lyrics on-screen.

Sharp ISO1 Android Smartbook – Video

At the end of last month we told you about Sharp’s plans to offer two Android MID’s with full QWERTY keyboards. Specs and pictures are here. Recently, two videos surfaced with these new devices in action. This video was posted by Gigazine. [youtube][/youtube]

Sharp Entering The Android Game

One of the largest Japanese telephone operators AU is teaming up with Sharp to bring two Android MID’s to the market. The two Android devices will be called the JN-DK01 and the IS01. The JN-DK01 is developer’s edition of the Iso1 which can be used to make alterations to the device and the OS.

Japan to Release Android Phone next year made by Sharp

While we are having a blast here in the US with the latest Android-based smartphones, and other countries are waiting anxiously for them to arrive. Japan, apparently, is missing on the Android fun. But all that is about to change, thanks to SoftBank and Sharp. About a year ago that we had a story on NTT DoCoMo, planning to make an Android-based phone in Japan. This time, Sharp and SoftBank are the ones making waves, first, SoftBank, which is Japan’s third biggest cell phone carrier, announced last week an Android-powered phone for next year. Then, we have Sharp, who just two days ago in Tokyo, promised to roll out a number of Android-based handsets on the first half of 2010. Exactly how many phones? Well, we have no idea just yet. In Japan, Sharp has the biggest market share out of eight cell phone makers, so, if they really jump in the Android bandwagon, it translates to great news for the Google OS, since Japan is consider the most advanced mobile society in the world. There's no word from Sharp on which of the three big carriers in Japan will get the Android handsets. But they did say that the features on said handsets, will be unique to the Japanese market. One of the possible specific features might be a tuner for 1seg, which is a digital TV standard used not only in Japan, but also in some parts of South America. [Via TechCrunch]
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