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/Weight 146.5 x 81 x 9.9mm / 168.8g
Screen 5” WVGA 480×800 TFT touch screen
CPU             Cortex Dual Core A9 1GHz
Operating System    Android 4.0
Camera 5.0 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 Link GPS, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0
Audio Format AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE
Video Format H263, H264, MP4, VP8
Image Format JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Battery 1950 mAh
Interface micro USB connector, 3.5mm stereo audio jack
Talk Time Up to 9 hours**  
Standby Time Up to 560 hours*

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