Sharp Reveals Autostereoscopic 3D Clamshell Android

Contrary to popular belief, what Sharp has announced today is not the first clamshell Android, but it is definitely the first one that features 3D. Autostereoscopic 3D. It’s the Sharp AQUOS PHONE THE HYBRID 007SH – yea, I’m not too fond of the name, either. But the phone itself is quite cool. If you couldn’t tell from the photo above, the 3.4 inch display not only flips up, but can swivel down to transform into a “traditional” device.

It also has a 16 megapixel camera with HD video recording, a micro-HDMI port, Blu Ray recorder connectivity and a lot more. And if you see that camera lens on the back, you can tell it’s no slouch. This one’s Japan-only for the time being, but we’re still quite interested to see how well it does. It’s been a long time since we’ve used a phone like this, but flip phones then weren’t nearly as cool as this one. Read on for the full spec list.

  • Android 2.3
  • 3.4-inch naked-eye 3D LCD touchscreen with 854×480 resolution
  • 0.7-inch OLED sub-display
  • 16MP CCD camera with 1,280×720 HD video recording support
  • waterproof body
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
  • GPS
  • digital TV tuner
  • digital wallet function (Felica/RFID)
  • infrared port
  • Micro HDMI interface
  • Blu-ray recorder connectivity
  • microSD/SDHC slot (shipped with a 2GB card inside)
  • W-CDMA, GSM
  • size: 113×51.8×19.3mm, weight: 140g

[MobileCrunch]

 

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  • BenCaldwell5

    Now that is pretty cool. Shame things like this never make it to the US though…

  • Temporary101

     The only thing I don’t like are the buttons when you open it. They look ugly and plain….they could have used a more slick design..still I don’t like phones with that much buttons, but still looks wicked!

  • beaver_rondizzle

    I really really wish the likes of HTC, Moto, LG and Samsung would use lenses that size. Just look at that thing,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YZ32VTTM27DZ536QVW54DYFABY Timothy B

     WANT!

  • http://profiles.google.com/jansen.jeff Jeff Jansen

     I really want a phone with a physical number pad, but I still don’t think I’d like this.  It looks very clumsy to me(or at least I think I would be clumsy using it)  I would normally want it with the screen facing out, but then if I wanted to use the number pad, I’d have to use both hands to flip the screen around.  The whole point of a number pad (for me) is one handed operation.  Bring on a slider with a number pad!

  • chancerrr

    this is a hideous phone. jesus.  

  • Aslan Bollin

    This is actually a very nice/unique design. I like it.

  • dapsta

     old people will love it

    • http://twitter.com/SanzaBlanco Curtis Cook

      Was thinking the same thing.  This would be perfect for my Mom. 

  • YamiYaiba

    Waterproof + TV Tuner + 16MP camera = Android win. Why can America never get these TV watching waterproof phones? I would KILL for a waterproof smartphone -without nerfed hardware-

  • J-970

    The best things it has got going for it right now are the waterproofing and that huge camera. I wouldn’t doubt if this sold well in japan, but wouldn’t do well here, sadly. It’s like cars. A lot of us here are driving hummers(Evo, Nexus) versus civics.

    • http://twitter.com/marker1015 MrSix

      That analogy is off…way off, Hummers have never sold in large numbers. And civics sell very well here on the basis of being basic (LX trim and so forth), or appealing to ricers(Si), and reliable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wyemun Chin Wye Mun

     omg! i was waiting for one android powered japish clamshell phone for so long! This is perfect!

  • d1m1m1

     :O

  • Satanthecow

    Waterproof?! Thats awesome. I think the the only other viable waterproof smartphone out right now is that crazy casio. I’m very interested in the ability to create adventure films in hd with smartphones. Flash memory is light, batteries are light, but the main problem is durability. I’m hiking the AT next year, and I’d love to have something in my bag.

  • Edison_121

    Cool, but poor as it won’t available in Malaysia~ T_T

  • Reggjoo

    If you could open it, then swivel the numpad, and make it lock behind, that would be great. Of course there should be a function to turn off the numpad when you do that. It won’t sell in the U.S. , cause the manufacter didn’t go far enough.

    • EarlyMon

       Look again – the screen swivels, then covers the numpad.

  • http://twitter.com/marker1015 MrSix

     I’m no fan of the aesthetics but it sure has an appealing array of features…wonder how much it would cost here.

  • No_Nickname90

     Samsung came out with a phone with a 12MP camera similar in design to the Samsung Memoir, but it only came out in india.

    They NEED and android version of that phone.

    I want Samsung to make it, because they make great cameras on their phones. Samsung needs to make a waterproof, 4 inch android powered phone. At least FroYo, Ima root it anyways, but I just hotspotting.

    That’ll be the perfect phone. Oh and touch screen, capacitive would be nice. Oh yea!!

    I envy that camera!! And this is suppose to be just a regular phone too. Wow, the Japanese get all the cool tech stuff. *jealous*