Apple’s iPhone 4 trumps all Android phones with its Retina Display in terms of resolution. All Android models from Samsung, HTC, LG and others cannot equal the 960 x 640 screen resolution of the iPhone 4.
This Apple advantage isn’t going to last forever. Enter a new Android phone, the Sharp IS03 which comes equipped with a 3.5-inch capacitive screen that also boasts 960 x 640 pixel resolution!
The Sharp ISO3 Android phone has a target release date in November exclusively for the Japanese Carrier KDDI. This phone is powered by a fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU like what’s inside new mobile devices like newly-released LG Optimus 7, LG Optimus 7Q, Samsung Omnia 7 and Dell Venue Pro smartphones and has 512MB of RAM.
It comes with a powerful 9.6 Megapixel camera with LED flash. I can’t confirm yet if it can capture HD videos. The Sharp ISO3 will feature a free 2GB microSD card which is expandable to 32GB, Bluetooth 2.1, and 802.11 b/g WiFi. It ships with Android OS 2.1 but a FroYo update will soon be available.
The ISO3 will also have 1-Seg Mobile Digital TV, FM Radio, GPS and support for KDDI’s Mobile Wallet Network. It also has a unique feature with its dual-power mode display screen. It can let you know your phone’s battery level, signal strength, and missed calls without using an active backlight.
This is a good phone but too bad, Sharp will only release it in Japan this year. Perhaps next year, we will see the Sharp ISO3 android phone in the US, Canada, and Europe – bigger markets for droid phones. Maybe Asia is just a test market for now. That, I suspect so.