By Calvin Khong
There are quite a number of 5-inch devices lately around the world but none of those find its way to Malaysia aside from the Galaxy Note. Thankfully, Sharp releases its first smartphone in Malaysia and it is the hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet. The Sharp SH530U has a 5-inch display with its own Feel UX on top of the Android 4.0 interface.
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Marketing this 5-inch smartphone as an affordable hybrid, the display has 480 x 800 resolutions making the pixel noticeable. However, Sharp representatives mention that this is enough for users to watch movies, read emails and stay connected with ease. Aside from that, the SH530U is also a dual-SIM smartphone.
By releasing this phone, it marks Sharp's entrance to the smartphone market in Malaysia. The SH530U will serve as a test to see how Malaysian response to its devices. According to the guys from Sharp, there are plans to bring in more phones. There is no product roadmap for now but it is good to know that there will be another Japanese company competing in the local market.
The Sharp SH530U is already available at a recommended retail price of RM1,288.