Japanese carrier Softbank has officially announced its first smartphone to be shipped with the latest Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)–the Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH. The ICS handset is expected to delight the Japanese some time in the spring of 2012.
Softbank has yet to announce pricing and availability to other markets worldwide.
Not only will Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich be a highlight feature on the Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH but also the following power-packed specs:
- dual-core 1.5-GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor
- 4.5-inch touchscreen (1280×720 resolution)
- dust-proof and water-proof build
- 12.1-megapixel primary camera (capable of 1080p video capture)
- 2 GB storage
- microSDHC expansion slot
- compatibility with WCDMA and GSM networks
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 support
- physical dimensions of 65 mm × 129 mm × 8.7 mm
Judging by its physical dimensions, the Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH seems lightweight and ultra-portable. No information about its battery capacity has been revealed, although we’re hoping that Sharp won’t skimp on battery power in exchange for slimness.
Sharp has also announced a slightly less-powerful model–the Sharp Aquos Phone 102SH–that carries the same camera resolution and display specifications. However, this other Android phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread on top of a 1.0-GHz dual-core processor. This handset is expected to beat the Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH to the release date, with a target launch some time this December.
It would be a great misfortune if Sharp would not make the Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH cross the Pacific Ocean and head off to the U.S. and Europe, where a lot of folks will most certainly be enamored if not by its looks or build, then by its power–especially the camera’s and Ice Cream Sandwich’s.
Who’s getting this Android phone if this reaches your country?