These days, when you think of a 3D phone, HTC’s EVO 3D or LG’s Optimus 3D (Thrill 4G) come immediately to mind. Last year, though, when glasses-free 3D technology was first starting to be discussed as a serious option for smartphones, it was Sharp promising to usher in the technology with some of the first 3D-capable phone hardware. Now one of the company’s newer models has graced the halls of the FCC, with a qHD 3D screen in tow.
The Sharp SH-12C sounds like a slightly-below-spec EVO 3D on paper, with a 4.2-inch screen compared to the EVO 3D’s 4.3-incher (both in qHD resolution) and with only a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon under the hood. The camera, on the other hand, is a slight step up from the EVO, with dual eight-megapixel sensors for creating 3D movies of your own. Sharp will be shipping the Android smartphone running Gingerbread.
With support for only one of the two main GSM bands used in the States, it doesn’t look like this SH-12C is destined for service here. Sharp has said in the past that it wants to bring a 3D phone to the US sometime in 2011, so the possibility of one of the SH-12C’s siblings with the proper radio showing up later remains.
Source: FCC, Zol