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Sharp: Aquos phone to go global

Well, if your definition of 'global' is limited to Asia...

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Sharp has promised to release its TV-branded Aquos phone worldwide.

Well, that's what how the press release is headlined, though it only mentions Japan and China in the text itself.

Sharp Aquos phone

The Aquos connection is literal: the phone has an HDMI port so it can be hooked up to one of Sharp's LCD TVs - or anyone else's for that matter.

It also has a DLNA receiver for picking and playing network-hosted content.

So is it really due a global launch? We suspect not. By the looks of it, it's a straight-down-the-line Japanese handset: large and festooned with buttons, and clearly of the type that makes Westerners shake their heads in bamboozlement when they see the handsets at shows. ®

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