New Android smartphones serve up 3D without the glasses

3D smartphones will soon be a reality–if you live in Japan, that is. Two upcoming Sharp smartphones will offer a 3D-capable display. These two new Android powered phones, known as the Galapagos 003SH and 005SH, won’t just house any regular 3D screen. Instead, they’ll be based around an autostereoscopic 3D display developed by Sharp itself, which means that you’ll be able to 3D content without the need for pesky 3D glasses. After all, who would want to wear 3D glasses just to use their smartphone?

But what 3D content will these portable devices have? Sharp detailed that a range of 3D movies and games will be made available for the smartphones. The game lineup will include the likes of Resident Evil (BioHazard), Megaman, and Konami Mobile Baseball titles. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, both devices will be capable of taking 3D pictures. Beyond the devices 3D capabilities, both of the handsets will come with Android 2.2 (Froyo), and they’ll include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.8-inch display, as well as the usual Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities.

The Galapagos 003SH comes with a 9.6 megapixel camera, and the ability to record 720p video footage. The Galapagos 005SH (shown in white) comes with a slightly lower-resolution 8.0 megapixel camera, but it has a full QWERTY keyboard. Both devices memory can be expanded up to 32GB of storage via microSD cards.

If you want some mobile 3D action, the handsets will be hitting Japan in a few months, with the 003SH being made available in December and the 005SH going on sale in January of next year.

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