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Android-powered Hello Kitty smartphone shows up in Japan

Another day, another interesting piece of consumer electronics-related news from the Land of the Rising Sun. And this time, the whole hoo-ha comes in the form of the world's most popular cat without a mouth from Sanrio endorsing a smartphone that is produced by Sharp and is powered by Google's Android operating system. Kind of makes you wonder if the fun will ever stop, no?

Fans of Sanrio's popular anthropomorphic cat will probably have much to look forward to, especially if they happen to be currently taking up residence in Japan at this point of time, and for good reason. Apparently, SoftBank has announced the availability of a new Hello Kitty-endorsed smartphone which is powered by Google's Android operating system and is slated to be launched in the early parts of September this year.

According to SoftBank, the new Hello Kitty smartphone, which is based off Sharp's clamshell 007SH smartphone, will feature support for a variety of standard features such as My Wallet, as well as wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and WiFi. That being said, the Hello Kitty variant of the 007SH, which goes by the model name 007SH KT (we are guessing KT stands for 'Kitty'), will feature radios that support both the GSM and CDMA network systems, so there is a slim chance that the 007SH KT might eventually see the light of day outside of Japan.

SoftBank has not provided any information about the processor and amount of internal flash memory present on the 007SH KT smartphone, although it has revealed that the smartphone will be preloaded with version 2.3 of the Android operating system (aka Gingerbread), and that its 3.4-inch LCD display is capable of delivering a maximum resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. However, the real deal about the 007SH KT has got to be the image of the popular cat without a mouth adorning the handset's front, along with what appears to be a built-in camera which is reportedly capable of capturing stills at the maximum resolution of 16 megapixels, if the machine translation is to be believed.

Last but definitely not least, no details about the smartphone's pricing has been announced by SoftBank at this point of time.

Source: SoftBank

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