Sharp expands its smartphone business with their new AQUOS Serie mini SHL24 for the Japanese carrier KDDi, they know they can’t win the spec war heating up between the big players in the game, so they’re taking another angle at it.
Although they aren’t necessarily cramming a bunch of eye watering specs into the phone, there is one area where they’re trying to win with a numbers game and that’s the screen. Sharp is pioneering its very own IGZO screen tech and also throwing a full HD (1080p) 449PPI display into only 4.5 inches of screen.
The second thing you’ll notice is the design, it has an extremely thin bezel around the top and bottom and also a very animistic design in general, with no physical buttons on the front of the device. Of course how could I mention the design without mentioning the colours, the AQUOS comes in a variety of vibrant colours or garish if you’re not really a fan of colourful things.
It comes out the box running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, no info on whether or not we can expect to see it upgraded to KitKat yet, under the hood there’s a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) quad-core processor, did I mention the phone is waterproof too?. Last, but not least is the 13 megapixel camera round the back.
Before you get all excited though, unfortunately you can only get your hands on one of these in Japan