Sharp Pantone 5 107SH phone includes a radiation detector

Sharp’s new phone with carrier Softbank, the Pantone 5 107SH, includes a radiation detector. To activate the sensor, the user has to press a big, dedicated button on the front of the phone. This will launch an app that will supposedly detect 0.05 – 9.99╬╝Sv of radiation in about ten seconds.

The Sharp Pantone 5 is the first Android device to feature a radiation detector. According to Sharp, however, the detector is not yet compliant with Japan standards and is not recommended to be used in obviously dangerous situations.

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Aside from the detector, the unit also includes a 3.7″ 854×480 display, 4MP rear camera, 0.3-MP front camera, 1.4GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory. It is dustproof, waterproof, and equipped with Android 4.0. Thickness is at 12mm and the phone is available in eight colors.

The new phone is scheduled to be released in the market in mid-July but will most likely be sold only in Japan.

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13 comments

  1. Franc Ramon says:

    Looks like radiation detection technology is next in the line of improvements for mobile phones.

  2. ralph says:

    why would i buy a phone with this kind of technology hahaa.

  3. this is new to me, radiation detection. kakaiba. Somehow it will serve it’s purpose well.

  4. Swexie says:

    Hmmm, I think this is pretty useful when you’re in Japan, or when you’re visiting Chernobyl! But I think this gadget is pretty dangerous to use…

  5. Mavin says:

    this should have been addressed a long time ago, but at least it is now here.. more development is needed….

  6. Koko says:

    the gadgets nowadays are getting more and more futuristic… its like living in an actual sci-fi movie hihihi

  7. Mai Flores says:

    Hmmm.. I hope the detector is polished well (in accordance to the standards) before it hits the sole market of Japan. But I’m sure Sharp will comply with everything.

  8. Michelle says:

    I agree with Koko. It used to be I only see the these things on movies and comics. This is exciting! :)

  9. I think it’s pretty useful after the end of the world. Yes, there might be still some survivors battling against aliens, zombies, radiation and all that post-apocalyptic shit. That might come very helpful as a survival gear/app whatever. lelz

  10. Karen says:

    Wow, it’s a very helpful gadget for Japanese who are still battling the effect of the earthquake aftermath.

  11. chrisair says:

    I just wished that instead of buying a new phone for this app we can dl it and installed in our phone

  12. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear facility disaster motivated the demand for products that feature radiation detection technology.

  13. athena/april says:

    wow, it’s one innovation for technology. pero hopefully it’d be available easily for those who really need it, especially those in japan.

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