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Sharp SH8188U is run-of-the-mill 1GHz Android, awaits (possible stateside) introduction

Zachary Lutz
06.24.11
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Well, look at what the cat dragged in. Today we're given a view of the Sharp SH8188U, a Froyo-filled slate phone that sports a Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC. Like other handsets of this heritage -- including the Incredible S and myTouch 4G -- users can expect a familiar 1GHz Scorpion CPU paired with an Adreno 205 GPU. While the device has floated around the interwebs since May, we've sourced new details from the Bluetooth SIG that suggest North America might get a piece of the action. Of course, a new radio would be required for stateside use, because while quadband GSM functionality is there, current specs list only 2100 / 900MHz 3G support -- fine for Europe and Asia, but incompatible with our 1900 / 1700 / 850MHz spectrums. Externally, consumers will find a WVGA LCD display (800 x 480), a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, what appears to be a front-facing self-shooter, and HDMI. Curiously, we're seeing benchmarks of the SH8188U running Android 2.3.4 (details below) -- good news indeed, because Froyo is really starting to melt.

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