Japan's Sharp 507SH is the first water-resistant Android One phone

Japan's Sharp 507SH is the first water-resistant Android One phone
First introduced in 2014, Android One smartphones are usually made for emerging markets, being affordable devices that don't offer impressive features. As of this week, however, we can check out the very first Android One handset made for Japan, and the first to be manufactured by Sharp (we're talking about one and the same device, of course): the Sharp 507SH.

While it doesn't offer high-end features, the Sharp 507SH is notable for being dust- and water-resistant (IP58-certified), this making it unique among Android One devices. Sporting a 5-inch 720p display, the Sharp 507SH is certainly not a bad phone (for an Android One handset, that is), as it's powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, further offering a 13 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space. There's a 3010 mAh battery inside the 507SH, and it's said that this can provide an impressive usage time of up to 3 days.

The Sharp 507SH runs stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and will receive software updates for at least 18 months after launch. Speaking of launch, the new handset will be available in Japan via Y! Mobile (one of SoftBank's sub-brands) starting later this month, in three color variants: black, white, and cyan. The phone's official price hasn't been announced, but it's believed to be between $100 and $200. At the moment, we don't know if the Sharp 507SH will be released in other markets. Would you buy one?


sources: Sharp, Y! Mobile, K-Tai Watch (translated)

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11 Comments

1. Fona13A unregistered

If the build quality isn't a con (all eyes on you, Google) then yeah it looks like a purchase.

2. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

The Android One program should come to the US. There is a market for these type of phones especially in the prepaid market like MetroPCS and Cricket, except these will actually get software updates.

5. Fona13A unregistered

This is hoping TracFone and Net10 can loosen up their security restrictions, given I have been on their network for years and am satisfied with the budget models available... Problem is carriers like these are too strict that even updates aren't passable.

3. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

This is by far the best looking phone of 2016 in my opinion. The placement of the rear camera lens could have been better but barring that it's just irresistible.

4. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Bottom bezel is pretty massive. May as well of used physical navigation buttons and gained more screen space.

7. Fona13A unregistered

But then people would have used the argument that buttons are "ancient" and "have no place" in newer smartphones.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

add front facing stereo speaker and it will be a successor of last year's moto G since it have the correct spec at correct pricetag for a motoG (unlike motoG4, lol)

9. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Looks ugly tbh, and the back looks like a samsung note 2.

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

This could have been the xperia XA....

11. AnnieChow

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 28, 2016

Looks cool.

12. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Who else agrees Google should give next year 5.2" display Nexus phone contract to Sharp?

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