Sharp IS03 puts Android on a Retina Display

Sharp IS03 puts Android on a Retina Display
Ever wondered how Android will look like on the iPhone 4's Retina Display? Fret not, Sharp has got you covered. More and more Japanese cell phones are getting smartphone operating systems, and the Sharp IS03, slated for the Japanese carrier KDDI, is the next in this trend. The Fujitsu F-06B from the summer's lineup of DoCoMo, for example, runs Symbian, has a 13MP camera that does 1080p full HD video, and is waterproof.

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.

source: MobileWatch



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

3. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

lol, ya clever. quit hatin

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