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Sharp launches glasses-free 3D Android 2.2 handsets in Japan

updated 05:40 am EDT, Thu November 4, 2010

Available now on Japanís Softbank network

Sharp has launched a pair of glasses-free Galapagos handsets on Japan's Softbank network. The 003SH and 005SH Galapagos handsets both feature autostereoscopic displays and run Android 2.2 (Froyo). While the 003SH adopts a candbar/slate form factor and the 005SH packs a sliding QWERTY keyboard, both include the same 3.8-inch 800x480 3D display.

Powering the devices is a 1GHz Snapdragon, while the OO3SH also incorporates a 9.6MP camera capable of shooting video at 720p. Both smartphones include WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and GPS, as well as up to 7.2Mbps WCDMA download speeds. Storage is via microSD, with the slot compatible with up to 32GB cards.The 005SH comes with a 8MP camera to help keep the device thin and accommodate the sliding keyboard. 3D content deals have been lined up with Capcom which will see the handsets ship with Resident Evil, Mega Man, and Ghosts 'n Goblins.

That Sharp has launched devices with the same display technology as the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS should not come as a surprise as it is supplying the displays fitted to the gaming console.

The 003SH is expected to arrive in the US this December, while the 005SH is not expected until next February. [via Engadget]

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