Sharp Aquos IS14SH Announced for Japanese Markets

December 28, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sharp has announced its foray into the smartphone market with a bunch of new handsets named Aquos IS14SH. The name is not flashy, but it might catch the eye for being a mouthful.

The combination is something to go by, though. You get a 3.7-inch touchscreen as well as a full physical keyboard.

The company is shelving the Aquos IS14SH in the mid-to-high end range. The smartphone, running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a QHD display with a resolution of 960×540.

An 8-megapixel shooter is equipped on the body, and 4GB of internal storage is packed in with an expected RAM of 512MB. No word on the processor, but we can expect a powerhouse somewhere between 1.0-1.2 GHz range.

Don’t pin much hope on the battery life as the handset packs only a mild 1030mAh. That’s 500mAh lower than the ones you would find in new smartphones.

The keyboard is hidden behind the screen, and is pushed out by a sliding mechanism. We have seen that quite enough, but some users like keyboards better than tapping their screens.

The Aquos IS14SH is destined for the Japan market for now. Sharp has neither disclosed whether they would be expanding beyond the island country’s borders, nor have they worded on the price and release date.

But since Sharp is said to be looking towards a global smartphone presence, we might see them with their products at the Mobile World Congress in February.

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