Apple is obviously proud of its 960 x 640 pixel iPhone 4 Retina Display at the moment, but it might have some serious competition soon as Sharp has just introduced its IS03 Android-powered phone over in Japan with a 960 x 640 pixel 3.5-inch display with Advanced Super View (ASV) technology that offers viewing angle benefits similar to that of IPS panels. Other juicy features include a 9.6-megapixel autofocus camera with image stabilization, one-seg TV tuner, Osaifu-Keitai (for contactless payments in Japan). The phone will be available on KDDI and won’t be sold outside of Japan, but since it supports Global Passport CDMA, it can support US CDMA networks, paving the path for someone to import said phones. The bad news is that it’s powered by Android 2.1, but with its impressive display and camera, you can bet that some folks are willing to overlook the slightly older version of Android.
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