I've been looking for a smartphone with good sound quality to replace my old phone and recently deceased iAudio X5. I don't plan to use an external DAC or AMP - but something that comes close to the X5's sound quality in headphone output would be great. From what I've read on this forum and elsewhere, the Samsung S3 (with Voodoo/etc) is probably the best option for now...
But then I came across the news that Sharp's new SH-07D smartphone released only in Japan has a Wolfson WM8918 DAC in it. It's also specifically targeted for music listening, has 55hours battery life for music playback, it's waterproof and dustproof, and is a smaller format/screen than the S3/iPhone/etc (an advantage for me).
From the specs it looks great, but I'm not sure if that translates into sound quality. So what do people think - could this phone match the sound from my old X5 or beat the Samsung S3? Is anyone in Japan able to test out the sound quality?