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Star Wars phones land in Japan to welcome 'Rogue One'

Sharp has crafted two phones, one for each side of the force. The bad news? They're only for Japan.

Sharp's phones are meant to tempt Stars Wars fans.


It's time once again to choose on which side of the force you stand. I'm not talking about next week's release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." I'm talking about a new set of phones from Sharp.

Released Friday, both phones sport 5.3-inch displays with 1,920x1,080 pixels, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and a 22.6 megapixel rear-facing camera.

One phone, however, comes with a brooding, dark red back, representing the Empire, while the Rebel Alliance version is an ethereal blue.

Don't get too excited, though. These devices are only for Japan because Sharp created them for Japanese carrier SoftBank. Even worse, it appears that the phones are only available through a SoftBank contract, and not for outright purchase, so importing one could be difficult.

The phones will come with Star Wars themes and wallpapers, as well as a multimedia app that'll let you watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Verizon last year pulled a similar move before "The Force Awakens," releasing a special-edition Motorola Droid Turbo 2. It doesn't appear that a similar promotion will happen heading into "Rogue One," which arrives December 15 in Australia, and December 16 in the US and UK.