Themed devices seem to be big in other regions outside of the U.S., namely Japan which Sony announced earlier this year would be the release region for a limited edition Xperia J Compact themed after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, complete with specialized ringtones and wallpapers and packaged with a bunch of extras. Now, SHARP has announced a device aimed only at the Japanese market themed after the popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion called the SH-M02-EVA20. The phone will be available exclusively to 7-11 customers in Japan who sign up for a chance to purchase the phone as part of a promotion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show.
This won't be the first Android smartphone with a Neon Genesis Evangelion theme as NTT DoCoMo launched one on their network back in 2012, but things have come quite a long way since then and even though it won't be sporting the absolute top of the line specs, it's sure to be leagues more powerful. It comes equipped with a 5-inch HD screen with 720p resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. While 16GB isn't exactly a lot these days, the device will also allow for expandable storage for microSD cards up to 32GB in size.
There doesn't seem to be any mention of the camera quality that we could find, but it does have cameras on both the front and the back, although in a bit of an odd placement the front-facing camera is located in the bottom bezel of the phone and not the top like on most other smartphones. The rear camera also comes with an LED flash. SHARP will only be manufacturing a total of 30,000 units, and each device is to cost 84,240 Japanese Yen. which is quite the costly phone considering the hardware. Judging by the images it also appears they will packaging a limited edition case with it that follows the same theme, and it will come packed with specialized wallpapers and ringtones it looks like as well, and come in limited edition packaging. There is no word on when the phone will be available, but once it launches it will be compatible with NTT DoCoMo's LTE network.