It is very rare to see a smartphone or even a feature phone from Japan arrive in the US – normally, the phones from that part of the world tend to be exclusive, so we are pleasantly surprised to see the Sharp SH8188U being slated for a US release. This Android-powered smartphone will be powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, sporting a WVGA display – although there is no word on its size. Needless to say, we have the specifications for the Asian version as it is already out, playing nice on the WCDMA 900 and 2100MHz bands, although with a spanking new radio, it will be suitable for 3G connectivity in North America.
This move from Sharp is definitely an interesting one – will we see future smartphones from the Japanese manufacturer arrive Stateside as well? Surely we don’t mind, as Sharp’s handsets tend to be technologically forward, and their entry of the SH8188U with the Bluetooth SIG is further proof that the smartphone will be available in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Some of the confirmed hardware specifications include a 5-megapixel rear camera and support for HDMI-out. Hopefully the operating system will be updated to the latest version when it arrives right out of the box.
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