Softbank 931SH phone features TrueTouch touchscreen


We’re not too sure just how “true” a touchscreen display can get, but apparently there are various levels to choose from if this piece of news is anything to go by. Cypress Semiconductor Corp’s TrueTouch touchscreen solution will be used in the touchscreen display of the new Softbank Mobile Corp. handset, the 931SH. This new slider handset is manufactured by Sharp Communication Systems Group and will deliver a “half-XGA” (1,024 x 480) resolution for users to benefit from a brilliant, easy-to-navigate display. Not only that, it also takes on a similar route as Apple thanks to a multi-touch capability, making room for gestures such as tap, double-tap, pan, pinch, scroll, rotate and others.

The Softbank 931SH handset will feature a 3.8″ display that is much brighter compared to other phones in the market, and this is perfect for viewing under direct sunlight as you won’t have to end up with a permanent squint. It also supports various mobile applications such as receiving weather information and other updates on the standby screen. Apart from the above mentioned, the 931SH also comes with a host of other features, where trivia loving folk will find the Wikipedia-like dictionary function something worth looking into.

This multi-touch all-point solution from Cypress is able to track up to 10 simultaneous touches, which is a whole lot if you ask me. The extended capability allows designers to conjure new usage models for products including cell phones, portable media players (PMPs), GPS systems and others. TrueTouch is touted to be the industry’s most flexible touchscreen solution, while its special PSoC architecture enables designers to implement various features and make last-minute design iterations without having to go through the hassle of board changes. Too bad the Softbank 931SH, no matter how desirable it is, will be limited to Japan only while the rest of the world looks on in envy.

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