Sharp AQUOS smartphone doesn’t look like one


When you talk about smartphones, most of us would think that they involve a rather generous touchscreen of sorts, not to mention a candybar form factor (with the exception of a rare few which comes with a slider QWERTY keyboard) as well as all the trappings like Wi-Fi connectivity, 3G support at the very least, and a microUSB memory card slot amidst others.

Well, Sharp has just introduced the AQUOS phone to folks living in the Land of the Rising Sun, where it intends to deliver plenty of enjoyment to users courtesy of a high-quality graphics engine and the ability to hook up to AQUOS LCD TVs. The latter is definitely a no-brainer – after all, why let your phone connect to TVs from your rivals when you can take advantage of this situation to sell more TVs of your own? Sharp will also leverage on their own proprietary technology to differentiate itself in the smartphone market, and intends to develop a ‘global smartphone’ which will also be sold in China.

The AQUOS phone will come with a high-quality graphics engine, and can connect to other AV equipment and wireless networks. When it is linked to an AQUOS LCD TV via HDMI, you will be able to share your favorite videos and games with others when it comes to viewing, not to mention Internet HD videos and additional content. Not only that, with the expected proliferation of equipment that have been certified for the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) home network standard, you are able to do much more – including watching content from AQUOS TVs or Blu-ray Disc recorders wirelessly on your AQUOS smartphone.

The entertainment bandwagon does not stop there, as another feature would be a high-quality graphics engine that incorporates the image-reproducing know-how Sharp has amassed via its AQUOS LCD TVs. This engine will boast of image sharpening technology that delivers extremely naturally renderings of the borders and contours of images, and color adjustment technology, which adjusts color intensity and brightness.

No idea on pricing as at press time though.

Press Release

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