Primarily known as an LCD TV manufacturer and display supplier for many top smartphone brands, including Apple, Sharp has a long-established domestic handheld maker reputation as well.
Wholly owned by Taiwan-based Foxconn starting a few months ago, the 1912-founded Japanese company isn’t looking to abandon the “Land of the Rising Sun” just yet. But the Y!Mobile-bound Sharp 507SH feels like an unusual regional proposition, and not for any quirky, ahead-of-its-time feature or technology.
This presumably affordable bad boy is Japan’s first Android One smartphone, breaking cover right on time to confirm Google’s emerging market-centric Nexus-equivalent program is alive and well. Japan, of course, is hardly a developing nation in terms of mobile hardware, while the Sharp 507SH appears to eclipse all its distant Android One relatives in at least one key department.
As is customary in that corner of the world, the sleek, colorful 5-incher touts IP58 certification for dust protection and continuous water immersion. A robust 3,010 mAh battery looks like another major selling point, with the rest of the specs striking us as more than respectable… by Android One standards: stock Marshmallow (duh), Nougat update guarantee (duh again), octa-core Snapdragon 617 processing power, 2GB RAM, 13 and 5MP cameras. No words on pricing.