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Sharp to Launch 3D Android Phones Soon

Various reports indicate that Sharp will introduce two Android smartphones for Japan's Softbank network--the Galapagos 003SH and 005SH-- that feature its proprietary glasses-free 3D display technology.

The Galapagos 003SH is slated to arrive in Japan this December, just months prior to the release of the Galapagos 005SH and the release of Nintendo's 3DS handheld gaming system, both of which are scheduled for a February 2011 release in Japan. The Nintendo 3DS also uses Sharp's 3D display technology.

According to the Galapagos product pages, both models will sport Android 2.2 (Froyo), a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 3.8-inch display providing a native 800 x 480 resolution. Additionally, the 003SH will feature a 9.6MP camera with auto-focus, support for 720p video recording, and 3D still capture. The 005SH's camera will offer only 8MP, however the phone will make up for the loss in resolution by providing a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard.

In related news, Capcom announced that it will include a game bundle with both smartphones which includes 3D versions of the original 1987 classic Mega Man, Ghosts 'n Goblins: Gold Knights, and Resident Evil Degeneration. Konami, Namco Bandai and GungHo have also signed on to bring games to the new Sharp 3D phones.

Sharp has not indicated when the phones will ship worldwide, however stay tuned.