Sep 29 AT 4:35 PM Edgar Cervantes 28 Comments

Softbank Japan has Ice Cream Sandwich, knows how to treat a lady

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Today, Japanese carrier Softbank introduced 9 new Android phones, one of them an Ice Cream Sandwich device. While most of these will probably not make it to many places outside of Japan, we thought you guys would be interested in seeing what some of these devices feature.

ICS is one of the hottest topics in the Android community right now, and it’s always interesting to see how different devices can be in other markets. Some of these smartphones are pretty interesting (and by that, I mean eccentric), and others have an inner beast. Let’s take a look:

Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH

First things first. This device is officially announced to carry the next version of Android. Yes, the one we have all been waiting for, Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s not the only great thing about this device, though.

Sharp is not as well known as other Android manufacturers, but this device surely competes against the top players. The Aquos Phone comes with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720p resolution display, a 1.5 GHz OMAP 4460 dual-core processor, a 12.1 MP camera and digital TV Tuner, e-wallet functionality. It’s also waterproof.

Not too shabby. We’re hoping other markets get similar–or better–specs in Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Maybe we’ll get another sneak peek of ICS on this phone? Make it happen, guys!

There’s also the Sharp Aquos Phone 101SH, 102SH and 103SH. The 102 SH’s internals are almost identical to Sharp’s ICS device, except this one comes with a 1 GHz OMAP 4430 dual-core processor. The 101SH and 103SH are not as high-end. They both come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, are waterproof and sport an 8 MP camera.

The Sharp Aquos 101SH features a design unlike your typical Android smartphone. It slides up, much like some older feature phones, and discloses a classic number pad. Check it out on the right.

Panasonic LUMIX 101P

Camera junkies  and photography enthusiasts, this phone is for you. We’ve yet to see how well it performs, but this device comes with a 13.2 MP camera. It has the higher megapixels, but photographers can vouch that bigger numbers don’t always mean better images.

The LUMIX also comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4-inch qHD display (960 x 540p) and IPX5/IPX7 ruggedness (waterproof). And it’s all packed into 9.8mm.

Dell Streak Pro 101DL

Dell is more known in the Android ecosystem than the aforementioned manufacturers, and their device is not lagging behind. Packed with a 1.5 GHz dual-core MSM8260 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.3-inch AMOLED qHD display (960 x 540p), an 8 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, this happens to be the only device on the list that is not waterproof.

Phones for Women don’t seem as controversial in Japan

The announcement/release of the HTC Rhyme, which is “directed at women,” saw a fair amount of controversy. While some people probably don’t care, many found it unnecessary and even offensive.

The debate rages on, but it seems things are quite different in Japan. Softbank has announced 2 devices “for women.” And let me tell you guys, they went all out on those designs.

Meet the Kyocera Honey Bee 101k (left) and the NEC MEDIAS CH 101N. As you can see, these devices are definitely designed with women in mind (though I can’t picture any woman I know actually carrying one of these). Here are the specs:

Kyocera Honey Bee 101K

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1.2 GHz MP5225 processor
  • 3.5-inch display (480×800p)
  • 5 MP camera
  • e-wallet
  • Digital TV tuner
  • Waterproof

NEC MEDIAS CH 101N

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1.4 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor
  • 4-inch OLED display (480 x 800p)
  • 8 MP camera
  • e-wallet
  • Digital TV tuner
  • Waterproof

Wrap Up

The most noticeable device is definitely the Sharp Aquos 104SH, since it’s coming with tasty Ice Cream Sandwich. Not to mention its specs, which aren’t bad either. We’ve yet to see what ICS devices will turn out to be like in the US (and other markets). Don’t fear, though, our time is coming soon. We’re expecting to see ICS in about a week at CTIA in San Diego, CA. Taylor and I will be there to report all the Android goodness to you guys. Stay tuned!

The other devices aren’t that bad, either. Did anyone else raise an eyebrow over the fact that 8 out of 9 devices are waterproof, though? It seems people are wetting their phones often over there! What about the phones for women? What do you guys think of them?

Via: Tech Crunch

Source: Slash Gear

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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