Nov 04 AT 12:26 PM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Sharp launches two glasses-free 3D Android phones for Softbank

We were already expecting glasses-free 3D phones next summer in the U.S., but it looks like the Japanese will get to enjoy them first thanks to two new Android devices from Sharp. The Japanese carrier Softbank is launching a pair of 3D phones from Sharp including the touchscreen-only 003SH and QWERTY-packing 005SH.

Each device runs Android 2.2 with Sharp’s “TapFlow UI” and features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor paired with a 3.8 inch glasses-free 3D display. The 003SH comes with a 9.6 megapixel camera and the 005SH features an 8 megapixel camera.

The 003SH is due for release in December, while the 005SH hits in late February.

I’ve actually seen some of these glasses-free 3D displays in person and “jaw-dropping” is the best way I can describe them. It’s truly amazing to watch a 3D movie on a small display, but I’m not entirely sure I would want to have 3D on all the time.

What do you think about 3D displays? Is this a must-have feature for your next superphone?

Via: Engadget

Source: Softbank

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  • Cesar

    It would be huge plus definitely….

  • http://Website Steffen

    My opinion is that 3D is just a fad. I personally would not purchase a 3D TV or a 3D phone. But some people really like 3D so I can understand companies making 3D stuff. It’s just not for me.

    • http://Website hadoob024

      I don’t think 3D is a fad as much as a stepping stone to true holographic projectors (think Jetsons). If that’s the case, then I’m all for them. Gotta remember, baby steps.

    • http://Website Pandaman

      I think if they can make it work it will be much more than just a fad. Funny that back in 1984 Steve Jobs said color was just a fad when asked why the original Macintosh was grayscale. Sure….just a fad!

  • Courtney

    I’m not so big on 3D. I don’t really play games on my phone and I don’t think I need to text in 3D.

    This phone is super ugly. Sharp can design better keyboard phones than that.

  • David Shellabarger

    Goodbye Nintendo 3DS. I never knew you.

  • http://Website gad

    bring it on….i’d love to get one

  • http://Website Jay

    I think these phones are really geared towards the younger phone user, not sure I want some 16-17 year old driving around playing some 3d game, or looking at some 3D text, I wish more phone makers would think a bit more about safety, and a bit less abo
    ut profit, just my old man 2 cents.

    • http://Website P-niiice

      Why would looking at 3D text and games be any more dangerous that 2D text and games? Your argument is more about cellphones than 3D.

  • http://Website Andrew

    Lol Sharp making a cell phone………

    • Courtney

      Sharp was a big part of several of the more successful Sidekick phones. Whether you were a fan of them or not, they were way before their time. No other phones were doing anything close to what sidekicks were for a very long time.

  • http://Website shr1k3r

    No 3d camera?

  • http://Website Alex

    I’m deciding whether to get the version of this phone which will be released by Docomo, or one by Toshiba. I think this one on Softbank looks great.

    I’m pretty sure you can turn off the 3D effect, as you can with the 3DS.

    Sharp have been making cell phones in Japan for a long time.

    Pictures you take with the camera can be converted into 3D.

  • http://Website Ryan Kim

    Why does Japan always get the high megapixel cameras?

  • Debs

    Aaaagggghhh nooo! Just when I thought America might stay ahead of Japan on Android, I didn’t have to be so tortured… Ugh. Back to being jealous of Japan’s amazing industrial design. -_- Now they have to go and totally kick ass in designing Android phones too…

    Sharp, please make more phones in America. Pleeeeaaaaase you’re so great.

    *disclaimer: I’m not talking only about this phone, I’m sure this is the start of some really great Android phones in Japan.

  • http://Website Philip

    Check out the Japanese commercial:
    “Softbanku zero, zero, san, s, h”…

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  • http://Website BAoxymoron

    I think it’ll be great for gaming and movie emersion, but as for phones it’s an unnecessary waste of processor power that could be directed to more useful tasks. It just serves no real purpose on a phone in my opinion.

  • http://Website Ajas M.A

    I think it is not good for a mobile phone that having 3D display for all time. The primary need
    for a mobile is to make calls. 3D is urgent only for films and games that in 3D format. I dont think there is too many films in 3D format.

  • james braselton

    hi there wakipedia says japan has 10 3d phones and us has like only 4 3d phones japan psp vita has nico nico app wich is japan youtube japan always gets better technolgyies