Is this the Sharp GX30?

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** This is now an out of date story – for details on the Sharp/Vodafone GX30 click here **

Regular TF readers will know that we are huge fans of the Sharp GX20 camera phone. This, the latest incarnation of the Becks phones, boasts a superb colour screen that’s streets ahead of its rivals in terms of colour rendition and clarity. We also love the way it is so simple to use and takes great images.

We have however found a camera phone that might even supersede the GX20 in our affections. So cure fanfare for the Sharp GX30!?

Ok, so the model number says J-SH53 and yes it is a Japanese phone that has been on sale for several months. We are however convinced it provides the template for the next generation of European GSM Sharp camera phones for a number of reasons.

1 We know that Sharp has a phone called the GX30 that is set to debut early next year
2 This phone is available via J-Phone (the Vodafone-owned Japanese network)
3 All the enhancements are of the type we’d expect to find on an upgrade of the GX20
4 Someone fairly high up in Sharp Germany confirmed that a version of this phone, with a few minor alterations, would be on sale in 2004.

Anyhow, enough of the gossip on to the phone. Its main features are;

One mega pixel integrated digital camera – which will almost certainly make it the first phone capable of taking this level of images to go on sale in Europe

2.4 inch screen with QVGA (240 x 320) resolution (this is the same as the GX20). However the screen has 260,000 colours screen – much more than the 65k offered by the GX20. Also the second front screen has been upgraded too in that it now boasts 65,536 colours and is 1.2-inches in size.

MPEG4 video capture with up to ten seconds of sound

Secure Digital (SD) card slot – for saving images and storing music

MP3 player/voice recorder – an obvious addtion once the SD card slot is in place

256KB Java application storage capacity – a real boon for gamers

Dimensions 50 x 98 x 24mm

Weight Approx. 115g

We spent twenty minutes playing with the handset recently and were knocked out by its performance and level of features. The GX20 delivered a breakthrough in that it was the 1st camera phone with a screen capable of doing justice to the images it took. With one mega pixel images and SD card storage you really can think about leaving your camera at home.

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  • Can i install any additional programs on Sharp GX30 such as dictionary,camcording for recording more than 10 min.??

  • i have the sharp gx30 but i cant use my usb data cable because it wont find the modem or dial up how do i setup a dial up connection. thanx

  • hello ther my friend, i was just wondering when is this phone out and the rrp, and if thers goin to be another sharp out in future months, e.g. sharpx40, thanks

  • i can transfer midi files and pictures in my handset but i can’t in sd memory card.
    How can i transfer mp3’s or pictures to sd memory card? Do i need some device to add to my computer?

  • i can transfer midi files and pictures in my handset but i can’t in sd memory card.
    How can i transfer mp3’s or pictures to sd memory card? Do i need some device to add to my computer?

  • Can i install any additional programs on Sharp GX30 such as dictionary,camcording for recording more than 10 min.??
    these are my Nokia 3660 capability! but i’ll change it because of it’s height and weight.
    thanks in advance.
    Kiarash

  • Can i install any additional programs on Sharp GX30 such as dictionary,camcording for recording more than 10 min.??
    these are my Nokia 3660 capability! but i’ll change it because of it’s height and weight.
    thanks in advance.
    Kiarash

  • in my point of view, Sharp GX30 is the best camera phone in this time.
    but i think it’s not or not yet popular in Asia because it haven’t reached Asia[singapore, hongkong, etc].
    i hope i can buy it in this early time but i think it’s quiet difficult

    anybody knows where should i order the (unlocked)phone with normal price or lower price?
    do i need to pay for the govenment tax when it reached my country?
    and how much the average shipping fee for it to reach indonesia?

  • when is it out on pay as you go, and how much will it be??

    Posted by: dave at March 15, 2004 02:14 PM
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    I live in Greec and today it was on sale at a Vodafone store at 530 euros if you want only the telephone and 323 euros if you take it with 120 minutes talk time/month for 12 months.
    Not a bad price at all, IMHO!

  • I hear that the Bluetooth fucntionality on the GX30 is limited , that the Bluetooth only works for things like headsets and not for dial-ups or connecting to PDAs/Laptops.

    Can anyone confirm or correct this?

  • The headset that comes with the phone is mono. Is it possible to get stereo sound from the phone? I have a converter, so that I can use my regular headset (KOSS porta Pro). If anyone have an ansver to this, please e-mail me.

  • does the sharp gx30 have a multicolored flash light and can u use the MP3 songs as ringtones?????????????????????? plez plez sum1 write back cheers me dears!

  • The phone is out march 12
    Vodaf uk website is allready selling it at 100 to 200 pounds, dpending o contract.
    Hope this helps

  • Hey,I’m hoping to get a camera phone for my birthday in April and I’m hoping to get a GX20 but when I heard about the GX30 I am now wondering which one to get!! Does anyone know whats better in the GX30 than GX20? and would it be possible to send a pictures and videos to my mate that i have taken with my phone (either GX20 or GX30) to a GX10i?!? which one would hopefully be able to send one to them?!? and could you have a Video conversation with like someone with the same phone as you? Thanks who can reply to my questions – Chloe x

  • Does anyone know whether the calendar function of the GX30 allows you to input more than 3 appointments per day and whether alarms can be set days/weeks/months ahead instead of the present 24 hr limit on the GX22?

  • haha I got my hands on one off ebay…

    Excellent phone but would rather have my GX20…

    Any Offers?

    Highest Bidder Can have it…

  • I went into vodafone today and i asked when the GX30 will be released and the man said 12th MARCH so dont listen to any other dates. he also said it will cost the same as the Sharp GX20 on contract (probably between free – £250) It sounds amazing! only 28 days till its realese!!!!

  • Adam

    If money is not an issue I would hang on. The GX20 is superb, but the camera on the GX30, plus its MP3 player makes it a must. I imagine you will be able to pick it up in Europe from late March/early April. In the Uk it will be around £150 (250 Euros)

  • Does anyone know when it is coming out? i am really excited bout its release. please tell me if you know. cheers

  • Does anyone know when the GX30 is coming out? i am really excited bout its release. please tell me if you know. cheers

  • Does anyone know when the GX30 is coming out? i am really excited bout its release. please tell me if you know. cheers

  • i kneed to know eargently weather this phone is good because i have just brought the gx20 and i have 14 days to change it when is it coming out ??? 🙁

  • The phone sounds fantastic but I hope it isn’t going to look like that on the outside because that REALLY is ugly. I know the GX series of phones have never been that good looking on the outside, but if it does look like this I can say I’m NOT buying it! Best looking phone at the moment? Samsung E700 or Moto V500.

  • This link is messing up my PC my Norton Anti-Virus is going off every time some one emails me!! So please think before you post here!!

    P.s If you want to contact me please don’t go through this link please cut and paste my email address and avoid using this link! I will answer any questions about GX10 and GX20 and some on GX30 🙂 If my Norton don’t kill your email 1st.

  • shud i get gx20 at end of january,ruffneck1975@hotmail.com? also how much is da gx30 going to be in € and when it out in ireland?

  • I have the GX20 and my friend has the GX10 and I must say that the GX20 is defiantly better that GX10 don’t waste your time with the GX10! I’m looking forward to seeing the upgrade GX30 out this year very soon!

  • Posted by: shiro66
    I’m Japanese. My English is weak…
    GX30 is planned for sale by the name of “V801SA” in Japan. It have NOT bluetooth.

    V801SA is SANYO’s product ! NOT Sharp

  • I’m Japanese. My English is weak…
    GX30 is planned for sale by the name of “V801SA” in Japan. It have NOT bluetooth.

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