Sharp IS03

Sharp IS03

Sharp have been hard at work recently working on a number of Android powered devices including an Android smartphone and a couple of tablets too. The tablets run by the name of “Galapagos“, the same name used for their cloud e-book service, while the smartphone continues the S10x naming scheme; S103.

The two tablets are optimized for e-book style content and magazines, but are marketed as media-tablets because they allow users to play certain games and view PC documents too. Both support Sharp’s aforementioned e-book service and are available in 5.5-inch and 10.8-inch varieties. The 5.5-inch tablet provides a resolution of 1,024 × 600 and will be available in black and red. It also offers a trackball to navigate through pages. The larger 10.8-inch tablet provides a sizable 1,366 × 800 resolution but does not offer the trackball navigation. Right now we do not have any information regarding world-wide availability or even what version of Android they will be running. We’ll let you know though. Next up, the smartphone.

You might recall the S101? Maybe not. This MID or “smartbook” is pretty big. It offers a flip-style form factor with a large QWERTY keyboard. You might be pleased to learn that the S103 is an offering from Sharp that is a little more pleasing to the eye. It provides an attractive 3.5-inch screen pushing a 960×640 resolution capacitive touchscreen, just like the iPhone 4. What is extra-exciting is the introduction of a “combination LCD”. This bad-boy allows the primary display to offer multiple functions. Aside from doing the regular job it is able to act as a memory LCD that can reveal the time and battery life even when the main display is off. Chuck in a 1GHz Snapdragon and you’ll probably start to agree that this device isn’t messing around. The 9.6MP camera with CCD sensor and auto focus sweetens the deal. It will ship with Android 2.1 and offer 200 hours of standby and 230 minutes talk time.

This smartphone also combines functionality found only in ‘feature phones’ in Japan. This includes an e-wallet function for making transactions in various stores, a digital TV tuner and in truth a bunch of other things that aren’t really very useful unless you live in Japan and use the KDDI network. How this will translate to an international release, we’re not sure. Check out the source for more information!

[Source: Mobile Crunch]

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.