Softbank launches 3D smartphones

Softbank Mobile is launching 24 mobile phone models, including two smartphones that gives users 3D images without the need for those ugly glasses.

The Galapagos 003SH and the 005SH are made by Sharp and run of the Android 2.2 OS.
According to the Nikkei they will also have capabilities unique to Japanese mobile gadgets as “one-seg” digital TV broadcasting and e-wallet functions. Displays on the two smartphones come in at 3.8-inches and are capable of producing 3D graphics without the need for glasses.

The 003SH is said to have a 9.6-megapixel camera and the 005SH has a 8-megapixel camera.
Softbank, Japan’s exclusive carrier of Apple’s iPhone, last week reported a record quarterly profit for the July-September term on strong demand for smartphones, however it shouldn’t get too cocky about it’s two new 3D smartphones with analysts claiming the market is not yet ripe enough for these devices.

One told us: “The smartphone 3D market is still in it’s baby stages. There’s been hype about this technology overall for a long time but if you look at the slow uptake and current prices of 3D TV, it’s clear we’re not yet ready to embrace it.

“The 3D smartphone market is currently the same. There’s not a desperate need for it and so far manufacturers are making baby steps towards it, while others are concentrating on regular smartphones and how they can improve them. Then there’s the issue of developing apps on a 3D basis, which is still a fairly new and quite expensive.

“Until bigger players come into the 3D market and begin to push competition it’s not going to be a very viable market. Perhaps this will change within the next year and a half as 3D tech becomes more advanced and cheaper but until then smartphone phone players should stick to doing what they are currently doing.”