Pantone 5: Radiation detector smartphone, SoftBank unveils

SoftBank on Tuesday revealed a new smartphone to answer such concerns especially Japanese citizens that have been especially wary of radiation exposure after Fukushima’s nuclear disaster. The company’s Pantone 5 107SH is the world’s first phone with a built-in geiger counter, capable of measuring radiation levels within 20 percent accuracy.

The phone runs Android 4.0 with a Sharp skin, and features a 3.7-inch, 854×480 LCD screen in eight vibrant colors: black, white, purple, yellow, blue, orange, and two types of pink. It has a 4MP camera an a 1.4GHz processor.

It is the first of its kind to feature a built-in radiation sensor. Since the Fukushima disaster, we’ve seen companies release mobile radiation detectors like Scosche’s iPhone-compatible RDTX, an accessory that plugs into an iPhone to give users a reading of nearby radiation levels.

The Pantone 5, however, eliminates the need for dongles and attachments. The front of the phone features a button, just beneath the screen, that provides access to a radiation sensor. Once you press the button, the phone launches an app that reads the number of microsieverts, the unit in which radiation is measured, in the surrounding air. The sensor isn’t as accurate as the ones in dedicated geiger counters, but it should likely be enough for day-to-day users.

The phone will be available around the end of July. There’s no word on price, but if it’s cheaper than buying a dedicated geiger counter or an iPhone accessory, then it could certainly appeal to SoftBank’s Japanese market.

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