Initially believed to be exclusively for the Japanese market, the Sharp Aquos SH-01D, along with its mind-blowing 12.1-megapixel main camera, has been given Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval, which raises the possibility that the device will be also marketed in the United States.

The Sharp Aquous SH-01D belongs to a smartphone series known for its ample display and slim form factor. Specifically, the Aquos SH-01D itself has a 4.5-inch display with 1280×720 (HD) resolution that can render visuals in 3D without requiring special glasses.

A 1.0-GHz dual-core processor along with 1 GB RAM powers the device. Also worthy of note are the incredibly high resolution of the camera at 12.1 MP and the device’s resistance to water.

Regarding the OS, the SH-01D will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The device also comes equipped with a built-in TV tuner, a very popular feature in Japan, although this may not be available for the American version of the phone. Both the price and which carrier will introduce the device are still also unknown at this point.

Even despite Sharp’s intention to get the device approved by the FCC, the company’s plan to sell the device stateside is rather unclear, although not necessarily unlikely or impossible.

What do you think of a glasses-free 3D, HD Android smartphone packed with a 12.1-megapixel camera?

Conan Hughes
Contributor at Android Authority covering all things Android.