Sharp Japan reveals glasses-free 3D Android smartphone for the holidays

Looks like Nintendo won't be the first to market with glasses-free 3D handheld gadgetry in Japan. Global electronics giant, Sharp Japan, has just entered the game with its own brand of eyeballs-only 3D Android smartphones, the GALAPAGOS 003SH and 005SH,  both of which are due in Japan in the next few months.

Exclusive to the Japanese carrier Softbank, the devices will feature unaided 3D imaging on their 3.8-inch WVGA screens and come preloaded with 3D content from developer Capcom which will include Mega Man, Ghost 'n Goblins: Gold Knights, and Resident Evil Degeneration.

Developers Namco Bandai, Konami, Game Arts and Gung Ho are also said to be contributing 3D games to GALAPAGOS' future lineup.

As for the other specs, the 003SH will sport a 9.6-megapixel 3D camera, and the 005SH will feature a 8-megapixel 3D camera with slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both smartphones will come equipped with  Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS functionality.

So far, Sharp's GALAPAGOS smartphones are intended for Japanese eyes only, which means Nintendo will still have the jump on Western folk when it releases the 3DS early next year. That is, unless there are anymore surprises to come stateside, and one can bet that all major electronics manufacturers are scrambling to follow Nintendo's lead.

The 003SH will be available for sale this December, with the 005SH to launch in January 2011.

Nov 4, 2010

[Source: Slash Gear]

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  • MattoMcFly - November 4, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    Hey hey! A BttF reference- well played, Kage_No_Shi. Next time I talk about Japanese products I hope you don't mind if I borrow it...
  • Kage_No_Shi - November 4, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Like 'ol Marty said, "All the best stuff comes from Japan". They get their fancy gadgets first, and often by a wide margin. I wonder what the rates are like in Japan though?
  • sleepy92ismypsn - November 4, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    That sounds like a cool ass phone. I hope the PSP2 and/or PSphone will have a glasses free 3D screen.
  • Embolado - November 4, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    I can see all the people that bought those 3D TVs doing the face palm. See what happens when your an early adapter.

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