Sharp ships Pantone 5 ICS smartphone with radiation detector

Japanese manufacturer Sharp has added one new, unexpected feature to its new Android-based smartphone. Meet the Pantone 5 with an inbuilt radiation detector, a feature which is likely to be very popular around the region of Fukushima.

The phone, which will be available from Japanese mobile phone network Softbank, comes in eight colours – including pink – and can detect radiations between 0.005 and 9.99 microSv/h.

It also features a 4-megapixel rear camera, with a 0.3-megapixel front facing one, a 3.7in with a 854 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich plus on top of that, it will be waterproof and dustproof.

Sharp somehow managed to shrink the radiation detection circuits from a handheld size to one that appears to be only a few square centimetres. This micro Geiger counter is non compliant with Japanese standards though, according to Sharp and, in theory, cannot be used for targetted measurements (e.g. if you want to know the level of radiation of a pair of melons).

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