Japanese electronics manufacturer, Sharp, emerged as the leader in the race to produce the first mass-market mobile phone with built-in projector, after it unveiled its new SH-05C model over the weekend.

The manufacturer fulfilled the long-held belief that the race would be won by a Japanese company after it declared that its technology-laden new handset would go on commercial release in February 2011.

The phone features a tiny DLP projector that will allow users to display images and videos for up to 120 minutes when the battery is fully charged. The projector runs on DLP technology and offers nine lumens of brightness at a 640x360 resolution.

Beyond its capabilities as a projector, the phone has many of the features now considered as standard in the smartphone world. Control of the device is done through a 3.7-inch touchscreen with 480x854 resolution. As well as the projector, Sharp has managed to fit in a premium CMOS camera, which takes 5.3 megapixel pictures, which can be stored on a card in its micro SDHC slot.

And on top of all that is has a OneSeg digital TV tuner with Blu-ray recorder connectivity. In a remarkable feat of electronic ingenuity, Sharp has also managed to fit all of that into a handset that weighs just 140 grams. The phone will be distributed in Japan from February through NTT Docomo.