Sharp IS03 puts Android on a Retina Display
Running Android 2.1 (with Froyo later on) is one thing, but combining it with 3.5" 640x960 pixels screen, which Apple popularized as Retina Display, due to the insane resolution, adds more fuel to the fire. Sharp is one of the top screen companies, so it probably didn't cost the guys much to come up with such resolution on its own technology for wider viewing angles. It also sports a second display for the capacitive Android buttons, which can actually show time and notifications, without the main one being active.
To top it all off, Sharp wants you to have fun with a 9MP camera, which, from the looks of it (Full HD option in the camera interface), records 1080p full HD video. The IS03 also sports the usual goodies Japan places in its cell phones - 1seg TV tuner, pedometer, and FeliCa chips for contactless mobile payments. The Sharp IS03 goes on sale in November, and supports CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev.A (KDDI calls it CDMA 1X WIN). The handset is offered in black, orange and white, and there is a nice video presentation of it below.
1. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Would it look good? Google hasn't done anything to android to support those resolutions. And I know from my iPhone 4 that apps that aren't optimized for the retina display kinda look shoddy. So if sharp or KDDI haven't altered their build to support it, then it will look all pixelated and crappy. Only good thing will be videos. Then again, even if they did adjust for the higher resolution, the apps from devs won't be optimized for it. Just like on iPhone 4. Dbl edge sword here.
2. skt (unregistered)
android is not IOS.