Sharp's V601SH handset hit the Tokyo streets in late December with a rollout price under $200 (19,800 yen).
It features an embedded 2-megapixel CCD camera capable of capturing 2.02 million effective pixels and comes with autofocus and 20x zoom capability. The 2.4-inch QVGA CG Silicon screen provides a bright and clear image display and is compatible with Bitflash's vector imaging technology that allows documents (such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat) to be scaled with very little loss of quality, so users can easily zoom into a specific area on a large spreadsheet document. The unit can also record 320 x 240-size MPEG video clips at 15 frames per second as well as display still images, games, and video clips on a TV using the video output function. In addition, the V601SH is the first cell phone to support Bow-Lingual CONNECT, an entertaining dog barking translation function based on a toy device first offered by Takara.
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