While Sony Ericsson might still be planning to pump some life in its Cyber Shot brand, Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp has become the world’s first handset maker to launch a smartphone with a 16 mega pixel camera. The device is called Aquos Hybrid 007SH and runs on Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. The smartphone is perhaps the world’s first clamshell Android smartphone.
It will have a 3.4 inch LCD display capable of reproducing 3D imagery though its stereoscopic vision, which means that users will not be required to wear glasses to view the 3D content on this phone.
The manufacturer has also made this phone waterproof to protect it in various situations, but the idea behind making it a clamshell phone is still unknown.
Aquos Hybrid features a secondary or external auxiliary screen that can display information such as messages, incoming calls and so on. The phone has a mini HDMI port and an inbuilt digital TV tuner for mobile TV on the go.
However, an Indian spokesperson for Sharp said the company has no plans to launch any such smartphone in India but added that it may launch new phones by the end of this year or by early next year.
The spokesperson said that Sharp aims to be one of the top handset players in the country.
Aquos Hybrid will go on sale in Japan through Softbank shops, which will take prebooking orders starting in June this year, and will deliver the phones towards the month of July and later.
However, whether the Aquos Hybrid will arrive in other parts of the world still remains a mystery.