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 handheldgadgetry 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 theJapanese 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 Hoare 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 the3DS 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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