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Sharp launches its first Android One smartphone

by Todd Haselton | July 6, 2016July 6, 2016 8:00 pm PDT

Google recently announced that it’s deploying its Android One program in Japan starting with a new smartphone from Sharp. Android One, if you’re unfamiliar, is the Google’s initiative to push affordable, Android smartphones to emerging markets. The pure or near-pure Android experience should be quick updates for folks who buy Android One devices. Japan’s first product is the Sharp 507SH.

The Sharp 507SH will make its debut this month on Y! Mobile and features a 5-inch 720p IGZO LCD display, an Okutakoa processor, VoLTE support, 16GB of expandable storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and a large 3,010mAh battery that’s rated for up to three days of use. The added water and dust resistance is just icing on the cake. Google said that the Sharp 507SH will receive all major Android updates for at least 18 months, which means the device will get Android Nougat, in addition to smaller security updates that are usually rolled out on a monthly basis.

Google didn’t provide exact pricing, but the Sharp 507SH should be very affordable.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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