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Japan's KDDI Gearing Up For Sharp IS01 "Smartphone", Looks More Like an MID Or Smartbook

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If you live in Japan you should look out for this new product that KDDI is about to release. This is the Sharp IS01, which may look like a netbook, smartbook, or an MID, but apparently it works more like a smartphone. This "smartphone" packs a 5-inch multitouch display with a 480 x 960 resolution, a QWERTY keyboard, EV-DO Rev. A connectivity, a 1-Seg TV tuner, WiFi b/g / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz CPU, 3GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 5MP on the back, a 0.43MP front-facing camera, and Android 1.6.

The battery life is said to be about 5 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time which is pretty impressive. Developers should be getting this in May, while consumers will have to wait until October of this year. The price hasn't been mentioned yet.

Update: Phandroid found a video of this device so I've pasted it below. Enjoy!

[Liliputing, Slash Gear]


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