Android-based ‘Yahoo Phone’ From SoftBank Japan

by Johan on August 18, 2011

Sharp AQUOS SoftBank 009SH

SoftBank Japan will release an Android-based “Yahoo Phone”, which is actually a re-branded “Sharp AQUOS SoftBank 009SH”. The handset features the Google Android 2.3 as the OS, a 4-inch LCD with QHD resolution, an 8MP CMOS camera, Bluetooth 3.0, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, a microSDHC slot, a digital TV tuner, an e-wallet function, infrared communication, etc. Users can expect to find selected Android apps and services from Yahoo Japan pre-installed on the device, for example Yahoo Japan Home, Yahoo Japan Auctions, a calendar, dictionary, Yahoo Loco (the company’s LBS), etc. SoftBank subscribers who purchase the phone will become Yahoo Japan premium members for a period of two years for free (instead of having to pay $4.50 monthly) and can also get additional points for every purchase made on Yahoo Shopping for the next two years. SoftBank will start distributing the Yahoo Phone in Japan late next month. [TechCrunch]

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