Sharp mobile phones are very little known outside Japan. Sure, the Japanese company did build lots of Sidekicks for T-Mobile USA, but those don’t count much — especially now, in 2012. There are also the FX and FX Plus (with Android Froyo) on AT&T, which didn’t make any impact, either. So, as we said, Sharp is non-existent around the world when it comes to mobile phones. But things are probably going to change soon, as Taiwan’s Foxconn bought a 10% stake in Sharp earlier this year. That said, here we have a new Sharp smartphone which is bound to be released outside Japan, in white and pink: Sharp SH530.
The first things to know about the SH530: it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it features dual SIM capabilities, and sports a 5-inch display. Unfortunately, the display only has an 800 x 480 (WVGA) pixel resolution. The handset is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core MTK MT6577 processor (manufactured by MediaTek, another Taiwanese company), and further offers 512 MB of RAM, HSPA up to 7.2Mbps, A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, 5 Megapixel rear camera, 1.3 Megapixel front-facing camera, and 16 GB of internal memory. It measures 140 x 80.85 x 9.9 mm, weighing 176 grams.
ePrice Hong Kong says the Sharp SH530 will be launched in China soon. The website doesn’t mention the smartphone’s price. However, the 186 PPI display, and the cheap MTK chip don’t really make it a Galaxy Note competitor, so we’re expecting it to be affordable.