Sharp's wooden lima bean shaped phone gets real

At DVICE, we write a lot about concept designs because they represent what the future has to offer. Apparently people don't just love touchscreen phones, but they love ones shaped like lima beans as well.

Sharp is planning to produce 15,000 units of its Touch Wood phone for Japanese telecom NTT DoCoMo. The phone was first introduced at CEATEC in 2009. See? Concept designs can become real. We can't help it but the Touch Wood has quite an unusual shape you see — it's shaped like a bean and has a wooden back. Each phone is supposed to have a unique finish. Does it look slippery in the hand to you?

Specs include a five-megapixel camera, 3.4-inch screen with 854 x 480 resolution and a microSDHC slot. Sharp's phone will have GSM and 3G radios, but we suspect that since it's only for NTT DoCoMo, the GSM could just be for international roaming. The Touch Wood probably wouldn't sell too well in the U.S. anyway judging from other bean and stone shaped cellphones such as the Palm Pre and Motorola PEBL. Those didn't exactly light the world of cellphones on fire.

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