Sharp Will Release A Radiation Detector-Equipped Smartphone
Just like China, Japan has had its fair share of unique phones over the years and the Sharp Pantone 5 is no exception. The handset is destined for Softbank, a local carrier, and it will offer a decent specs lineup with the addition of one of the most unusual features in the smartphone industry: radiation detector. A large amount of radioactive material was released during the Fukushima Daiichi incident and a portable radioactive detector should be a welcome bonus for those who live on the fringe of contaminated areas. Radiation detection feature can be activated by pressing a physical button located at the front-side of the phone.
The Sharp Pantone 5 is a mid-range device with 1.4GHz single-core processor, 3.7” display, 1GB of RAM, 5Mp rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera and 4GB of onboard storage. The phone will be waterproofed just like many Japanese smartphones and it is set to come preinstalled with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). At 12mm thick, the Sharp Pantone 5 isn’t exactly the thinnest phone out there, but it should interest users with eight interesting color options.