NTT Docomo shows off 3D display Android phone at MWC

sharp lynx NTT Docomo shows off 3D display Android phone at MWC

Japanese NTT Docomo was demoing some of its rather unique phones at the Mobile World Congress and one of the more interesting devices that was on display was the Sharp Lynx 3D SH-03C which features a 3.8-inch 800×480 pixel glasses free 3D display. This Android handset is exclusive to NTT Docomo and was developed specifically for the operator by Sharp, one of many partners that develop unique phones for NTT Docomo.

Japanese NTT Docomo was demoing some of its rather unique phones at the Mobile World Congress and one of the more interesting devices that was on display was the Sharp Lynx 3D SH-03C which features a 3.8-inch 800×480 pixel glasses free 3D display. This Android handset is exclusive to NTT Docomo and was developed specifically for the operator by Sharp, one of many partners that develop unique phones for NTT Docomo.

Normally we'd say 3D screens are just gimmicky, but the one of the Lynx looked pretty decent, although sadly it was impossible to recreate the depth of view that the screen offered in our pictures of the handset. That said, this is one of the most promising 3D screen handsets we've seen to date and the two demos that were running clearly benefited to a degree from the 3D screen. It's unlikely that 3D displays will take off any time soon, as the displays still suffer from limited viewing angles and bright light doesn't seem to help with the 3D effect either.

sharp lynx NTT Docomo shows off 3D display Android phone at MWC

Other features of the handset includes a 9.6Megapixel CCD camera that also records HD video, a “mobile wallet” or in other words an NFC sensor that allows for payments by touching your phone on a payment terminal, a one-seg TV-tuner (a solution unique to Japan) and interestingly enough even an infrared transmitter, something we thought was a dead technology by not as far as data transfers were concerned, but apparently not in Japan.

Some other peculiar handsets that were on display include these cookie and chocolate bar flip phones, also from Sharp and oddly named the Q-pot. Feature wise they're nothing really special apart from the high resolution 854×480  pixel 3.2-inch displays they sport and the fact that they're water proof.

sharp qpot NTT Docomo shows off 3D display Android phone at MWC

Next we have a Lumix model from Panasonic which sports a 13.2Megapixel CMOS camera with a 27mm wide angle lens and an F2.8 aperture, which is pretty impressive for a phone camera. It too has an 854×480 resolution screen, although a tiny fraction larger at 3.3-inches this time around.

panasonic lumix NTT Docomo shows off 3D display Android phone at MWC

The fourth and final model is from Toshiba and it's yet another Android powered smartphone, although this one features Toshiba's Regza TV technology for the screen and it even comes with a desktop dock so you can show off th 4-inch 854×480 screen to your friends. Interestingly this handset is also water proof and it was demoed by having water running over a unit inside a small box at the booth. The screen did look very sharp; although we're not sure it's the best phone screen we've ever seen.

toshiba regza NTT Docomo shows off 3D display Android phone at MWC

A representative for NTT Docomo we talked to said that Panasonic is looking at launching phones outside of Japan later this year, although as to what models we can expect is anyone's guess. The Japanese handset makers have been predominantly sticking to their home market in recent years with the exception of Sony Ericsson. However, by the sound of things, this might slowly be changing, but the question is if there's enough space in the market for someone like Panasonic unless they offer something truly unique in the market.

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