Sharp IS03 packs up 960×640 display and 9.6MP camera


Sharp IS03 is a new Android device that matches the retina display of the iPhone 4 with its 960×640 resolution display. Sharp calls it Advanced Super View (ASV) Technology which boasts wider viewing angles for its display.

Along with its high resolution display is a 9.6 Megapixel auto focus camera with image stabilizer capabilities. It even comes with TV tuner and Osaifu-Keitai, which is Japan’s version of NFC for mobile payments. Obviously this a very Japanese targeted device.

Engadget had a hands-on experience and they reported that the device feels rather cheap. Furthermore, it runs on Android 2.1 EClair with Sharp’s own custom UI. An interesting discovery is that the IS03 has an extra LCD strip below dedicated to show either the time during standby or navigation buttons during operation.

Don’t expect this coming to our shores soon as it operates on CDMA networks. However it could be used outside of Japan as it has support for Global Passport CDMA in countries like the US.

Check out hands on video after the jump