The Sharp Aquos SH-12C, a great looking smartphone, was launched in Japan last week and will apparently also go on sale outside its initial market.
The device, which will give the iPhone 5 a run for its money, comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon single core system on chip clocked at 1.4GHz with an Adreno 205 GPU, a dual camera and a huge 4.2-inch 3D capable capacitive touchscreen, one of the biggest on the market; indeed it doesn't look very different from the SE Xperia X10 which had a 4.3-inch display.
According to Cnet, It runs on Android and, as with the Sony Ericsson Xperia range, includes proprietary technologies that originate from the TV arm of the company such as picture-sharpening and colour-adjustment features, as well as DLNA support.
Sharp, which will launch the phone on NTT-Docomo, has been very active with a number of handsets shipping inside Japan, but - for some unknown reason - many not going on sale outside the country.
The company may also choose to introduce a smaller version of the Aquos SH-12C, with a smaller 3.7-inch touchscreen or the Aquos Hybrid 007SH, a clam shell handset with a 16-megapixel camera - the highest pixel count on any phone we've seen - a 3D screen and a DVB-T tuner.
Sharp's expertise in glasses-free 3D display technology has already reached the market in the form of the Nintendo 3DS gaming console launched earlier this year.