Dec 24 AT 1:51 PM Nick Gray 41 Comments

Sharp unveils the AQUOS PHONE IS14SH – a 2.3 feature phone for the masses

AQUOS PHONE IS14SH

While Sharp has never had a strong foothold in Europe or the US, the Japanese manufacturer has been the leader in the mobile segment in its own country for many years. Sharp does have a few high-end Android phones like the AQUOS PHONE 102SH which features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 12 megapixel camera, a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4430 processor and a waterproof body, but the majority of their sales are comprised of clam-shell or slide-out feature phones.

In order to give the masses of Japan what they truly want, Sharp has just unveiled the AQUOS PHONE IS14SH, an Android 2.3 handset with a physical slide-out numeric keypad. The Sharp Aquos Phone IS14SH sports a 3.7-inch qHD LCD touchscreen, 8MP CMOS camera with HD video recording support (720p), Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, digital TV tuner and NFC. The specs on the IS14SH aren’t good enough to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Nexus or the various HTC Sensation iterations that have come out over the past few months, but we have a feeling that Sharp will be able sell the device by the truckloads if the price is right.

The Sharp AQUOS PHONE IS14SH will probably never make it to the US or European markets, but it’s nice to see that our friends over in Japan are getting a good selection of Android phones to choose from. If Sharp did away with its feature phone styling, they could be a good international competitor for Huawei and LG. We’ll be sure to stop by the Sharp booth at CES next month to give you guys a closer look at their Android lineup.

Sharp AQUOS PHONE IS14SH Highlights

  • Size (W × H × D): About 56 × 117 × 14.7 (thickest part: 15.4) mm
  • Weight: About 136g
  • Charging time: 150 min AC adapter, DC adapter about 210 minutes
  • Platform: Android â„¢ 2.3
  • Battery capacity: 1030mAh
  • Talk time: Up to about 400 minutes
  • Continuous standby time: Up to approximately 310 hours
  • Memory: (RAM / ROM) 512MB/4GB
  • Display: Approximately 3.7 inches, QHD (960 × 540), 260,000 colors
  • Camera: 804 million pixel CMOS
  • Wireless LAN:   IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0
  • External connection: microUSB

Source: Sharp

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • jamal adam

    In my opinion, that feature phone style definitely has to go. I don’t see any use for the number pad but that’s just me.

    • Chris Lewis

      I agree, they are better off putting a keyboard like the droid.

      • zerosix

        I want putting of like webOS-phones.
        No, not “I want”, but “I DO WANT!!!11!”

      • Jorge Eslava

        Yeah this phone’s design is an eye sore, the Droid’s keyboard is way better.

    • Futureboy

      Agreed. Either put in a full keyboard or none at all.

  • zyphbear

    While I know feature phones are not as popular here in the us, if they can get more people interested in android, maybe they can make the process of switching to a full smartphone easier.
    It looks like a decent enough device, so why not.

    • psipher

      yeah, this looks like a transitional phone for people going from a regular feature phone to a smartphone. Some people just need to take baby steps and get used to using a touchscreen.

  • phohammer

    Somewhat weak battery it seems… feature phoners will be looking for comparable battery life to their previous devices, but won’t find it here.

    • r1ch

      I think you’re being kind…the battery is terrible. 1030mah isn’t enough even for a 3.7″ screen.

      When the last major appeal if feature phones is that they last 3-7 days, this wont last 1. Good idea, awful delivery.

  • ZRod

    Oh those keyboards are just painful to look at these days.

  • DroidPower

    Despite the number pad looking a bit antiquated, the overall design on the device is pretty clean cut. They should get a non-keyboard version out in a while to help people transition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=583695634&ref=profile Rahul Singh

    Things missing: ICS, bigger battery (might be enough for 3.7″)more RAM.. But still looking forward for more reviews..

  • stenzor

    Looks like every phone in Japan

  • fwtx

    this is whats great about android, it can take any shape, and fit most needs

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    Maybe I’m just weird, but I like the slide out 10-key keyboard. This is a feature phone in Japan? That is crazy. Its a pretty good phone.

  • damambt

    If Blackberry Torch 9800 and a Sony Ericsson C905 would breed, this phone would be the outcome.
    I love Aquos TV’s but this is not something Sharp should commit to. The only thing this phone has going for it is Android. Get back to the drawing board SHARP!

  • lxgeorge

    Even though the design is ugly I still can imagine this being perfect for my mom

  • droilfade

    even better…make it like swivel keypad that can be used horizontally or vertically!

  • assbeard1013

    The phone refrenced earlier in the article sounds awesome. “Sharp does have a few high-end Android phones like theAQUOS PHONE 102SH which features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 12 megapixel camera, a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4430 processor and a waterproof body.” Now those specs would be welcome in the US and Euro markets.

  • myandroid99

    Can’t they make the screen a little bigger 3.7 seems small nowadays

  • MyMilan

    I wish Sharp sold their high end phones here. Competition brings down prices from all manufactures. I really wish that Pioneer would offer phones here. Now that would be a sweet phone!

  • ramenchef

    Interesting throwback to feature phones. Not sure how useful a physical keypad is though.

  • Stella

    The design remind me of cellphones I see in anime.

  • Dan13

    I just don’t see the logic in releasing feature phones anymore. You can get a smart phone for next to nothing (if you can call a 2-year contract nothing) which is what most feature phones cost on-contract. The smart phones do so much more.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Ill tthat’s an ugly phone

  • vid500

    Looks nice by the specs but the design. Thay really could try to make some phones for EU and US market. It’s allways good to have more devices to pick from.

  • https://plus.google.com/109600738460265587799/posts Lewis McGeary

    I know some family/friends I could see going for a phone like this, not anyone on this site though.
    I don’t see it going to many other countries, certainly not in current form, I don’t think having a TV tuner gains much traction elsewhere! Maybe a modified version with no TV tuner and some other tweaks could go to Europe?

  • aykutb

    no matter the specs,i’m positive this will sell millions because some people can’t give up feature phones. this looks like just what those people need,a nice mixture of android magic and good ol’ cell phone

  • beatrixasdfghjk.

    Where’s CPU clock speed?

  • http://aboyandhistv.blogspot.com mvndaai

    Finally something that has an NFC chip. Also how awesome to have a built in TV tuner.

  • Samar

    Hmm..Battery seems to be on the smaller end. Any user of this phone yet ? May be post some reviews.

  • mdwilson37

    Wow, thats one ugly keyboard, I mean i know what look they’re going for but c’mon, this isn’t the early 2000s anymore, we’re better than this….

  • AndyNguyen36

    Phone looks pretty awful with that keypad..

  • Hall Lo

    Maybe the numeric keypad is more convenient for typing japanese? idk just guessing, but the phone itself looks good (tho the battery is quite terrible…)

    • Ian

      Japan likes their phone compact and rugged. The T9 keyboard is much faster for them on a small phone.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Interesting..

  • Adryan maldonado

    Now that’s a feature phone worth buying.

  • okfourme

    Wow, that’s one impressively ill informed write-up, and much of the comments are very silly as well. Since when did the distinction between a smartphone and a feature phone become a matter of physical appearance? A smartphone is all about the software. This is a phone and it runs a “smart” OS (capabilities extendible via software/apps) i.e. it’s a smartphone, end of discussion. To boot it’s got specs that would put a lot of smartphones available in the US, other parts of Asia and to a certain extent Europe to shame.

    Most phones sold in Japan today are Android handsets of the traditional full front screen model commonly seen in other countries where the hell you got the information behind the “the majority of their sales are comprised of clam-shell or slide-out feature phones” quote I know not, but having recently worked a while in connection to the mobile industry over there I can assure you that you are wrong.

    This particular handset is by the specs alone likely headed for the budget segment and the form factor indicates that it’s aimed at the few stragglers in Japan that have yet to make the smartphone plunge, and judging by the video it’s aimed at the female population in particular. One also has to understand that in Japan people traditionally use text messaging to communicate in to much larger extent than the EU or US and some people that have reached some really impressive speeds on these kinds of keypads may be quite reluctant to give them up, also it should be quite obvious to anyone that Japanese is not inputed in the same manner as languages based on the Roman alphabet which also plays a role here.

    Anyway, you’re never going to see this phone outside of Japan anyway so to compare it to the market trends anywhere else is moot. Also NFC is widely used in Japan and has been a standard feature in phones for just short of a decade now.

    Good Yule!

  • staryoshi

    I’m not a fan of sliding phones, personally. That said, this looks like an interesting model that while, a bit behind the times spec-wise, should do well in its intended market if priced accordingly.

  • Jake Gall

    Exactly, these responses are the reason it was not a good sell to the US market. Japan on the other hand has a demand for this jnd of stuff. I think its awesome that these devices do well in thier markets, it shows the world is diverse, and I personally embrace diversity.

  1. In my opinion, that feature phone style definitely has to go. I don’t see any use for the number pad but that’s just me.

  2. While I know feature phones are not as popular here in the us, if they can get more people interested in android, maybe they can make the process of switching to a full smartphone easier.
    It looks like a decent enough device, so why not.

    • yeah, this looks like a transitional phone for people going from a regular feature phone to a smartphone. Some people just need to take baby steps and get used to using a touchscreen.

  3. Somewhat weak battery it seems… feature phoners will be looking for comparable battery life to their previous devices, but won’t find it here.

    • I think you’re being kind…the battery is terrible. 1030mah isn’t enough even for a 3.7″ screen.

      When the last major appeal if feature phones is that they last 3-7 days, this wont last 1. Good idea, awful delivery.

  4. Oh those keyboards are just painful to look at these days.

  5. Despite the number pad looking a bit antiquated, the overall design on the device is pretty clean cut. They should get a non-keyboard version out in a while to help people transition.

  6. Things missing: ICS, bigger battery (might be enough for 3.7″)more RAM.. But still looking forward for more reviews..

  7. Looks like every phone in Japan

  8. this is whats great about android, it can take any shape, and fit most needs

  9. Maybe I’m just weird, but I like the slide out 10-key keyboard. This is a feature phone in Japan? That is crazy. Its a pretty good phone.

  10. If Blackberry Torch 9800 and a Sony Ericsson C905 would breed, this phone would be the outcome.
    I love Aquos TV’s but this is not something Sharp should commit to. The only thing this phone has going for it is Android. Get back to the drawing board SHARP!

  11. Even though the design is ugly I still can imagine this being perfect for my mom

  12. even better…make it like swivel keypad that can be used horizontally or vertically!

  13. The phone refrenced earlier in the article sounds awesome. “Sharp does have a few high-end Android phones like theAQUOS PHONE 102SH which features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 12 megapixel camera, a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4430 processor and a waterproof body.” Now those specs would be welcome in the US and Euro markets.

  14. Can’t they make the screen a little bigger 3.7 seems small nowadays

  15. I wish Sharp sold their high end phones here. Competition brings down prices from all manufactures. I really wish that Pioneer would offer phones here. Now that would be a sweet phone!

  16. Interesting throwback to feature phones. Not sure how useful a physical keypad is though.

  17. The design remind me of cellphones I see in anime.

  18. I just don’t see the logic in releasing feature phones anymore. You can get a smart phone for next to nothing (if you can call a 2-year contract nothing) which is what most feature phones cost on-contract. The smart phones do so much more.

  19. Looks nice by the specs but the design. Thay really could try to make some phones for EU and US market. It’s allways good to have more devices to pick from.

  20. I know some family/friends I could see going for a phone like this, not anyone on this site though.
    I don’t see it going to many other countries, certainly not in current form, I don’t think having a TV tuner gains much traction elsewhere! Maybe a modified version with no TV tuner and some other tweaks could go to Europe?

  21. no matter the specs,i’m positive this will sell millions because some people can’t give up feature phones. this looks like just what those people need,a nice mixture of android magic and good ol’ cell phone

  22. Where’s CPU clock speed?

  23. Finally something that has an NFC chip. Also how awesome to have a built in TV tuner.

  24. Hmm..Battery seems to be on the smaller end. Any user of this phone yet ? May be post some reviews.

  25. Wow, thats one ugly keyboard, I mean i know what look they’re going for but c’mon, this isn’t the early 2000s anymore, we’re better than this….

  26. Phone looks pretty awful with that keypad..

  27. Maybe the numeric keypad is more convenient for typing japanese? idk just guessing, but the phone itself looks good (tho the battery is quite terrible…)

  28. Now that’s a feature phone worth buying.

  29. Wow, that’s one impressively ill informed write-up, and much of the comments are very silly as well. Since when did the distinction between a smartphone and a feature phone become a matter of physical appearance? A smartphone is all about the software. This is a phone and it runs a “smart” OS (capabilities extendible via software/apps) i.e. it’s a smartphone, end of discussion. To boot it’s got specs that would put a lot of smartphones available in the US, other parts of Asia and to a certain extent Europe to shame.

    Most phones sold in Japan today are Android handsets of the traditional full front screen model commonly seen in other countries where the hell you got the information behind the “the majority of their sales are comprised of clam-shell or slide-out feature phones” quote I know not, but having recently worked a while in connection to the mobile industry over there I can assure you that you are wrong.

    This particular handset is by the specs alone likely headed for the budget segment and the form factor indicates that it’s aimed at the few stragglers in Japan that have yet to make the smartphone plunge, and judging by the video it’s aimed at the female population in particular. One also has to understand that in Japan people traditionally use text messaging to communicate in to much larger extent than the EU or US and some people that have reached some really impressive speeds on these kinds of keypads may be quite reluctant to give them up, also it should be quite obvious to anyone that Japanese is not inputed in the same manner as languages based on the Roman alphabet which also plays a role here.

    Anyway, you’re never going to see this phone outside of Japan anyway so to compare it to the market trends anywhere else is moot. Also NFC is widely used in Japan and has been a standard feature in phones for just short of a decade now.

    Good Yule!

  30. I’m not a fan of sliding phones, personally. That said, this looks like an interesting model that while, a bit behind the times spec-wise, should do well in its intended market if priced accordingly.

  31. Exactly, these responses are the reason it was not a good sell to the US market. Japan on the other hand has a demand for this jnd of stuff. I think its awesome that these devices do well in thier markets, it shows the world is diverse, and I personally embrace diversity.