Disney launches 3D smartphone

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:33 by Tech Correspondent

Disney Mobiles has created a 3D smartphone called Disney DM009SH for Japan. DM009SH runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and can access the Disney Market for more digital Disney merchandise and it comes with Disney wall papers, schedules, icons, calendar, clock etc and a @disney.ne.jp email id.

Powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon processor with an integrated graphics processing unit, the device has a 3.8 inch multi touch touchscreen with glassless 3D display technology which you’ll also find in Sharp Galapagos 003SH.

Disney’s 3D phone has a 9.6 mega pixel camera which can capture 1280 x 720 pixel video at 30 frames per second.

disney dm009sh photo

Photo: Disney DM009SH

The phone has a TV tuner and e wallet as well. There’s no information on whether the phone has a built in Near Field Communication chip for mobile payments. However, if it is NFC-enabled, the device, with its high speed processor, might support an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Android 2.2, in fact, isn’t meant to use NFC technology. E wallet systems typically use short range secure wireless communication such as NFC to carry out transactions.

Connectivity options include Wifi, GPRS, Bluetooth, HSDPA, WCDMA, Edge GSM and CDMA.

The phone will likely have an accelerometer for maintaining screen orientation, as well as an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor and digital compass. There is no mention of a gyroscope so motion sensing games might not work on Disney’s 3D smartphone.

Disney DM009SH can read MS Office documents, Pdfs and Zipped files and a variety of media formats. It has memory card slots and a USB drive. Disney DM009SH’s memory can be expanded using a micro SDHC cards to up to 32 GB.

The phone has a TV tuner and e wallet as well. But again, we are not sure if it will have an HDMI port to play high definition video from the smartphone on an HD TV. However, it is likely that the phone will support some way of streaming video to a TV nearby and it might use a short range wireless communication for that.

Details on e Wallet are sketchy. It will have some sort of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. But we don’t know if the phone has a built-in Near Field Communication chip for mobile payments. However, if it is NFC-enabled, the device, with its high speed processor, might support an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Android 2.2, in fact, isn’t meant to use NFC technology. E wallet systems typically use short range secure wireless communication such as NFC to carry out transactions.

Disney DM009SH, though, is said to be a rebranded version of Sharp’s Galapagos 003SH smartphone which was released in November 2010 – in which case it probably lacks an NFC chip. Sharp released the Galapagos series of devices last year with glasses free 3D display technology, in which the company was among the pioneers. Similar technology is now becoming mainstream in high end entertainment devices including TVs, tablets and smartphones.

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