Vodafone Sharp 904SH phone announced

Vodafone Sharp 904ShVodafone Japan have today announced their new Sharp 904SH handset with a full VGA (640x480) resolution screen. The 3G phone also boasts an internal 3D motion sensor capable of detecting the device's spatial orientation (we can only speculate as to the utility of this function, but suspect it is more gimmick than anything else). The high resolution screen and 3.2 megapixel camera will be nice, but on the other hand the phone is a bit of a brick at a portly 151g and almost 3cm thick when closed:

Other features include a 3.2MP digital camera, 2x optical zoom, 50x digital zoom, 3D sound and Bluetooth. When folded the 904SH measures 50 x 104 x 28mm.

Via I4U News

From Vodafone's press release: Vodafone K.K. today announces the Vodafone 904SH by Sharp, the first mobile handset*1 to feature a VGA*2 liquid crystal display (LCD). The 904SH is scheduled to go on sale in late April 2006 as a new 3G handset.

The 904SH’s VGA LCD has four times the resolution of current QVGA*3 LCDs, making it possible to reproduce visuals and render small characters with more vividness and clarity than before.

The 904SH is a new flagship model that supports a full range of new services and features. By using Bluetooth®, friends and acquaintances can enjoy new communication services like instant messaging or multiplayer games within a 10-metre radius free of charge. The 904SH is also the first handset to feature a new Motion Control Sensor, which is capable of measuring handset posture in all directions in 3D. Customers will be able to enjoy a host of new applications that fully take advantage of the new sensor’s enhanced accuracy. The 904SH also has Vodafone K.K.’s first Face Recognition feature for enhanced security and privacy protection.

The main features of the 904SH are as follows:
- First mobile handset*1 with VGA LCD and leading-edge specs: 3.2 megapixel autofocus 2x optical zoom camera and stereo speakers that support 3D surround sound
- Supports new services and features: Bluetooth communication, applications for newly-developed Motion Control Sensor, Vodafone K.K.’s first Face Recognition
- Flagship model that fully supports existing 3G services like Vodafone live! FeliCa for e-money and e-ticketing and Vodafone live! NAVI for GPS navigation

For more information on the Vodafone 904SH, please see the attached appendix.
*1: As of 28 February 2006 (according to Vodafone K.K.).
*2 Video Graphics Array: 480 x 640 pixels
*3 Quarter Video Graphics Array: 240 x 320 pixels to feature a VGA*2 liquid crystal display (LCD). The 904SH is scheduled to go on sale in late April 2006 as a new 3G handset.


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