These are tough times for a Japanese record industry, and Sharp knows that as good as most. However, smartphones are one area where a association has found domestic success of late, despite in second place behind Apple. The Aquos Phone 104SH recently launched as SoftBank’s flagship iPhone alternative, and on paper it’s positively an considerable bid — a phone has a 4.5-inch 720p LCD screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and a 12-megapixel camera all encased in an 8.9mm-thin water-resistant shell. The phone also comes with Android 4.0 as standard, and when it launched was usually a second in a universe to do so after final year’s Galaxy Nexus.
It’s a prolonged spec sheet, then, though what’s as engaging as what it includes is what it leaves out. The 104SH omits many hardware facilities deliberate customary in Japan, such as NFC, infrared, and a 1seg TV tuner, in preference of a some-more Western-oriented underline set. Sharp hasn’t nonetheless done any pierce in a tellurian high-end mobile market, though a Aquos Phone 104SH could be as good a place to start as any — would it have what it takes to mount adult opposite a likes of Samsung and HTC? Or, like natto and AKB48, are Sharp’s phones improved off left in Japan?