Sharp Malaysia launches its smartphone – SH530U

When I participated in the Sharp 100th Anniversary’s campaign earlier, I did a little research on the brand and found out that Sharp manufactures; among other things, phones! It was only a few months back that I asked myself – “Hmm… interesting. How come no Sharp phones in Malaysia?“.

And voila, just this week, I was invited to the launch of the 1st Sharp smartphone in Malaysia!

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Of course at this stage I won’t be able to advise you to buy this Sharp phone or otherwise. I do however have the price – it’s selling at RM1288 and is already available at Harvey Norman, among other IT/electronic stores.

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A quick play with it revealed a “dull” screen – meaning it wasn’t as sharp as well a SHARP phone should be. I admit I could be biased, after all I’m rather spoilt after having used almost all the smartphones on the market.

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It’s large 5″ screen is an attractive point. Another is the DUAL SIM compatibility. That is so perfect for travelers like me, since I always carry 2 smartphones with me whenever I’m out of the country, one for my existing Malaysian number and another for the local number with data.

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Dual sim – Oh yeah! :DD

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Hmm.. what else? Well, the 5MP camera (front) and (0.3 back) is snappy enough. I was told it could take up to 16 shots  at one go ( I didn’t test that out) but it’s not able to shoot video and pictures simultaneously (something I love in the HTC One X and SIII).  But of course, this is RM1288, so I have to remember to judge it for its value.

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5 inches is big, and the current trend seems to favour bigger screen vs smaller ones. I for one, is seriously considering buying one on media price. All because of the dual sim of course.

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Here’s a quick look at the more “relevant” specs:
Android 4.0 (up-gradable to Jelly Bean? Well the reply we got from the Sharp rep was at this point, they can’t guarantee but “maybe”).

SHARP SH530U: Specifications

Size/Weight146.5 x 81 x 9.9mm / 168.8g
Screen5” WVGA 480×800 TFT touch screen
CPU             Cortex Dual Core A9 1GHz
Operating System    Android 4.0
Camera5.0 Megapixel Camera (Rear) with Auto Focus

VGA Camera (Front)

Network (Dual SIM)SIM1

GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA 900/2100 MHz

HSPA DL/UL Speed: 7.2Mbps/5.76Mbps

 

SIM2

GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

GPRS Class 12

 

External LinkGPS, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0
Audio FormatAAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE
Video FormatH263, H264, MP4, VP8
Image FormatJPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Battery1950 mAh
Interfacemicro USB connector, 3.5mm stereo audio jack
Talk TimeUp to 9 hours**  
Standby TimeUp to 560 hours*

*Talk Time & Standby Time may vary due to actual network and usage conditions.