November 4, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Japanese electronics company Sharp has been breaking new ground in more ways than one recently. Early last month, the company announced it would release an Android phone sporting a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a 960×640 resolution that matches the iPhone 4’s so-called “retina display”. This time around, Sharp has introduced a couple of Android handsets that will feature the same type of 3D-capable autostereoscopic display as the upcoming Nintendo 3DS. Autostereoscopy is a method of producing sharp, 3D images without the use of glasses, and the technology seems to become increasingly popular.
Sharp’s devices are called Galapagos 003SH and 005SH; they both run Android 2.2, pack 1GHz Snapdragon CPUs and 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreens. As if a 3D display wasn’t hi-tech enough, the 003SH comes with a 9.6 megapixel HD camera as well, while the 005SH is blessed with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Games that take advantage of the 3D displays are also in the works, and Mega Man, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, and Resident Evil will be preloaded on the handsets. Unfortunately, the devices will only be released in Japan – at least initially. The 003SH arrives next month on Japan’s Softbank network, and its brother will debut in February.