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It is rare to see Japan-made smartphones with full touch screens, but with the growing popularity of the iPhone in the country, domestic companies need to catch up as their customers begin throwing away their clam shell feature phones.

Sharp introduces its Ice Cream Sandwich-based iPhone rival. The Pantone 5 features a 3.7-inch touch display with 854 x 480 resolution, a 4-megapixel rear camera, 0.3-megapixel front shooter, and it is built to withstand dust and water splashes. Customers will have eight Pantone colors to choose from.

But what makes this Softbank-exclusive smartphone a must-have for every Japanese is its built-in radiation detector, which can sense between .005 and 9.99 ╬╝Sv/h of radiation. Sure, the phone’s radiation reader does not comply with Japan standards, but such spec can lead to many possible usages (such as constantly reporting your location and radiation level to Facebook, as suggested in Engadget).

No clear word on when it will be available and for how much, but the Sharp Pantone 5 is part of Softbank’s lineup for Summer 2012. Next month, perhaps?

Source: Softbank, via Engadget

 
 

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