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Monsters from Asia: Sharp mini SHL24, an ultra-compact, 4.5-inch powerhouse from Japan

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Monsters from Asia: Sharp mini SHL24, an ultra-compact, 4.5-inch powerhouse from Japan

It's only been a fortnight since we last gazed eastward, but considering the phone we'll be highlighting today, that's fourteen days too many. Courtesy of Japan's struggling Sharp, the unfortunately named mini SHL24 is an overly impressive device, as it offers one seriously high-end package all around. But the real standout feature of the 4.5-inch mini SHL24 is its extremely compact size. 

Monsters from Asia: Sharp mini SHL24, an ultra-compact, 4.5-inch powerhouse from Japan
At 124 x 63 x 9.9mm, 115 g (4.88 x 2.48 x 0.38 inches, 4.05 oz), Sharp's phone is almost as compact as the 4-inch iPhone 5s, which measures in at 123 x 58.6 x 7.6, 113 g (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches, 3.95 oz). These figures are mighty intriguing, especially if you consider that the phone is IP57-certified, meaning it's water- and dust-proof. These record dimensions are achieved thanks to an excellent, 75% screen-to-bezel body ratio. Speaking of bezels and screens...

The Sharp mini SHL24 is one peculiar-looking handset. The top bezel is almost non-existent, giving the device a rather headless look. On the sides, bezel is minimal, while the extra fat is primarily piled at the bottom. And while this looks to be an ergonomic, one-handed device, this kind of design may not appeal to everyone, though it's still best you hear the rest of the SHL24's specs sheet before dismissing it.

First order of discussion is obviously that gorgeous, 4.5-inch 1080x1920 pixel (489 ppi) IGZO display. The elusive tech from Sharp itself has received a pretty serious backing from none other but Apple, and yet it would appear that Cupertino is hogging the entire supply, and we're still unaware of the exact properties of the tech. Supposedly, it's lighter on the battery than your traditional IPS display, though we'd like to confirm that for ourselves. But hey, who cares when you have such a staggering amount of pixels to play with? That's just crazy dense. Anyways...

Last but certainly not least, the LTE-enabled mini SHL24 comes packing a potent 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, 2GB of RAM, and a 13.1-megapixel, super-wide f/1.9 aperture camera unit, which should come in handy once the lights are out.

So how much does this little gem cost? As far as we know, the mini SHL24 is only available with Japan's KDDI, and the carrier has it up for grabs at 60,480 yen, or about $590 contract-free. Not at all a bad deal, considering that rival Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact is priced above that in most parts of the world. Unfortunately, Sharp distributes its wears almost exclusively in Japan, so international buyers are mostly out of luck.

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posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:36 8

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Wow, that is compact!! I'm liking the blue one

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 00:31

19. GamePlayer (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Yeah... if only that bottom bezel was gone... it would have been the king of compact phones.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:39 5

2. Duketytz (Posts: 384; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


My OCD is going to screw me if I buy this phone. But anyway looks like compact really means compact and not downgrade.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:40 3

3. Lt.Green (Posts: 348; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Wonder why they didn't make the bottom bezels as thin as the top, would've been perfect.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:44 4

4. Duketytz (Posts: 384; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I'm guessing their front facing camera and various sensors are at the bottom. Since it seems like there isn't any much space at the top.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 16:15 1

13. Chinda3 (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


Agreed, top bezel is perfect but bottom bezel ruins it.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:50 1

5. andhraking17 (Posts: 34; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


there is no front camera to it, which is a big drawback.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:34 3

8. mr2009 (Posts: 25; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


i think there is front camera on the bottom right..

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 12:20 2

10. Finest (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


There is a front facing camera at the bottom right part of the phone. Sharp always puts it there im using a 104sh.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:58 2

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2455; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Sharp is awesome! Their displays in every department are absolutely stunning!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:16

7. pwnarena (Posts: 840; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


it actually has a 5.2" brother with a similar design and is water-resistant and dust-proof - the sharp aquos 320sh

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:48 6

9. SonyPS4 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Sharp should sell their smartphone worldwide.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 14:04 2

12. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)


I agree,they make excellent phones,much better than LG.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 13:30

11. vuyonc (Posts: 169; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


The Z1 Compact finally gets some proper competition. Interesting :)

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 18:22

14. faizan-sharif (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


why do nt they sell worldwide, they do have their network, their LED's are available in most parts of the world then y not mobiles?

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 19:25

15. fireblade (Posts: 657; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


beautiful UI

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 20:54

16. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


If the top and bottom bezels were symmetrical and it was thinner, I would probably import it.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:13 1

17. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If this phone is a monster - then, the CoolPad 9976A must be a GODZILLA...

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:13

18. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Sorry, 4.5 inch screens are too small - they should had made it a 5.5 inch screen...would had been awesome, I bet...

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 01:13

20. clarkjeferson (Posts: 49; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)


The only way to order this is from Kyoex.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 01:32

21. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Wow, they actually put the volume keys below the display! Logically thinking, thats actually quite handy.

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