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Sharp V602SH & Sharp V402SH

Discontinued
11th May 2004

Vodafone Japan (Vodafone K.K.) recently announced a new range of handsets for Summer 2004, featuring models from the likes of Sharp, Toshiba, Mitsubishi and Sanyo. Frustatingly, all of these handsets are far more advanced than anything announced for the rest of the world and are exclusive to Japan only (although some may find their way out of Japan through specialist exporters). Of these, possibly the two most interesting handsets are made by Sharp.

Sharp V602SH

 Sharp V602SHOn the inside, the Sharp V602SH looks a little like the popular Sharp GX20 and Sharp GX30 models, with a slightly bland silver design. However, one of the first things you notice is that the large QVGA (320x240) pixel display swivels 180 degrees. OK, we've seen this sort of thing before, notably in the LG 7100 but this is Sharp's excellect 65,000 display as used on the GX30. The display works in this way partly to help with taking digital photos, but probably also because it's quite a cool thing to do.

However, the clever bit with the Sharp V602SH is not the display, but the camera. It features a 2 megapixel autofocus camera and crucially it is the first mobile phone to come with a camera with a 2X optical zoom, which actually gives a better resolution than the standard digital zoom, which merely makes the pictures larger and more grainy. This is certainly a first as far as we know, and is a significant step towards a high-quality all-on-one mobile/PDA/camera device.

This is a 2.5G device offering Vodafone PDC plus dual-band GSM support in a handset measuring 99x55x25 mm and weighing 132 grams - about the standard for a 3G handset. Memory can be expanded using SD memory card. and the V602SH comes with music playback, video support, 3G graphics acceleration for games, karaoke support, a dog bark translator and weather indicator. No, this isn't our April 1st story.

Certainly, not all the features in this phone will appeal to the western market, but you can expect to see the 2 megapixel optical zoom camera in worldwide handsets sometime in 2005 at our best guess.

Sharp V402SH

 Sharp V402SH A close relative of the Sharp V602SH, the V402SH isn't quite so technically accomplished except for one crucial feature, but is a much prettier handset. By western standards, it's still pretty advanced, being a 3G phone with a 1.3 megapixel camera bundled with the excellent 320x240 65,000 colour display common to most new Sharp handsets.

 Sharp V402SH external Again, the display rotates by 180 degrees, and again theh V402SH takes SD cards for memory expansion. There's no dog bark translator, but it does indicate the weather which we assume saves you looking outside. Or possibly you're staying in a capsule hotel. All very nice..

..but the main trick with the V402SH is the in-built analogue TV tuner - meaning that you can watch TV on the high-resolution display. Unfortunately this tuner is designed for Japanese NTSC standards, so support elsewhere in the world is limited, but we can't imaging that building PAL support for Europe in a future handset would be too difficult. There's a built-in FM tuner for radio reception too.

At 98x50x27 mm and 129 grams, both these Sharp handsets are about the same size and weight as the NEC E616 - but these aren't strictly 3G phones, instead running on Vodafone K.K.'s enhanced 2.5G PDC network.

The V402SH and V602SH represent peculiarly Japanese products in many respects, and although some are bound to end up in Europe, these handsets are not really to European tastes. However, technologies like the TV tuner and optical zoom camera certainly are and should be available worldwide sometime next year.

 

Sharp V402SH Provisional Specifications

Available:

Q3 2004

Network:

PDC/GSM

Data:

PDC/GPRS (up to 384kbps)

Screen:

320x240 pixels, 262K colours

Camera:

1.3 megapixel

Size:

Large clamshell
98x50x27 mm / 129 grams

Bluetooth:

Not specified

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Not specified

Battery life:

2 hours talk / 16 days standby

Sharp V602SH Provisional Specifications

Available:

Q3 2004

Network:

PDC/GSM

Data:

PDC/GPRS (up to 384kbps)

Screen:

320x240 pixels, 262K colours

Camera:

2.0 megapixel with 2X optical zoom

Size:

Large clamshell
99x55x25 mm / 132 grams

Bluetooth:

Not specified

Infra-red:

Not specified

Polyphonic:

No

Java:

No

Battery life:

2 hours talk / 16 days standby

 

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