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Sharp's Softbank-bound 5.2-inch Aquos Xx 304SH comes with a super compact metal frame, IP certification, and flagship specs

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Sharp's Softbank-bound 5.2-inch Aquos Xx 304SH comes with a super compact metal frame, IP certification, and flagship specs
Japanese Softbank, the current majority owner of Sprint, has just released information around a new Sharp flagship that will be surfing on the carrier's waves as soon as next month. In a typical (as of late) fashion, the Aquos Xx 304SH employs a nearly bezel-less, IP57-certified water and dust-proof body, with super high screen-to-body ratio (135 x 72 x 9 mm, 137g).

Speaking of the screen, Sharp is using one of its own 5.2-inch, 1080x1920 pixel resolution IGZO screens, which is nestled within an aluminum frame. Powering the unfortunately-named device is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AB) processor, with each of its cores ticking at 2.3GHz, plus an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage sits at 32GB and is microSD-expandable, and a 2600 mAh cell is keeping the lights on. As for imaging, the new Aquos phone falls on a 13.1-megapixel rear snapper with a very wide, f/1.9 aperture, while the front is taken care of by a 2.1-megapixel selfie cam. Connectivity options, such as Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G LTE, an an IR blaster, are all on board. Just as good are the news that the 304SH will come running Google's latest Android 4.4 update in KitKat out of the box 

Sharp's Softbank-bound 5.2-inch Aquos Xx 304SH comes with a super compact metal frame, IP certification, and flagship specs

As always, it's unlikely that folks outside of the island country will ever get to experience Sharp's wares, unless they're willing to plunge into the grey market, or find a way to arrange for international shipping (pricing is not available yet). We're probably not alone in thinking that this is a pity, as Sharp's devices definitely strike us as worthy of consideration, at least on paper. 

source: Softbank (Japanese) via Blog of Mobile (Japanese)

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posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:39 5

1. Darkerm (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


WoW!
nice

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:44 3

3. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 316; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Nice. But doest grab my attention as much as the oneplus one for some reason

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:42 1

2. htcforlife (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Adreno 320? Why not 330?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:47 2

9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2132; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Typo.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:05 1

17. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


They said it was coming with adreno 330.
What article are you reading?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:44 3

4. hassoups (Posts: 371; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


This and that lg phone proved to me that bezel-less is just dull.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 06:06 5

13. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Why? "Bezel-less" smartphones means bigger display in compact bodies.
Kings of bezels like nokia, sony and HTC should learn from Sharp! And perhaps Samsung too..

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:02 2

16. hassoups (Posts: 371; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


a little bit of bezel really helps with design in my opinion. these look really awkward to me. of course that might be your thing but i'm just calling it how i see it.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:09 1

19. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


LG has been pioneering the "bezel-less" screens as of late. Samsung has nothing on them?
The LG G Pro 2 is 0.2 inches larger than the galaxy note 3 and it still manages thinner bezels. Now the galaxy S5 is where the bezels make their biggest comeback

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:06 3

18. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


So you prefer a phone with lots of bezel?
There isn't a downside to having reduced bezel, so I can't why it's dull but then again it's probably just your preference and that's absolutely fine :)

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:28

23. hassoups (Posts: 371; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


read again, i said "a little bit". how much is that? well my note 3 is the perfect example of that, i can't stand something as big as HTC's but at the same time this sharp phone has taken things a bit too far.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:44

5. hassoups (Posts: 371; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


This and that lg phone proved to me that bezel-less is just dull.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:45

6. vipervoid123 (Posts: 127; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


PA , fix ur news report ~
Is adreno 330 not 320 ~

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:45 2

7. fireblade (Posts: 708; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Sharp needs to trim the bezel at the bottom

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:46 2

8. vipervoid123 (Posts: 127; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


so u want 90% ratio screen to bezel ?
Hmm , it sure feel suck to pick it or take it ~

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:28 1

22. vincelongman (Posts: 1284; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I think 80% ratio screen to bezel is great
Just with a tiny top bezel and big bottom bezel, the design looks kind of ulgy, and the bottom is still big, so you still have to stretch up for the top of the screen.
I think they should have symmetrical top and bottom bezels, make both of them small, like on the Xperia ZL

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:50 1

11. robcar (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


No, it's for navigation and ergonomics.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 06:07 1

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You're asking too much..

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 06:52

15. Nabil2511 (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


you need to have some bezels either at the top or at the bottom, there are alot of sensors need to put in front of the camera.. one in particular is the front facing camera which takes some space anyway

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 12:40 1

29. SonyPS4 (Posts: 255; Member since: 21 May 2013)


They need some space for front camera

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:48 1

10. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


With phones like these.... we need world peace!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:54

12. Amir1 (Posts: 267; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


the only unique thing about this phone is design. rest of the specs are dated. Z2 from sony brings higher specs and not less premium.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:13 1

21. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


The specs are current.
Apart from the 2GB of RAM and that's still fine with alot of today's flagships, unless somehow you have a phone carrying the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:11

20. papss (unregistered)


I'm a sucker for squarish phones like this.. love the design sharp

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:11

24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6566; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Damn the phone looks good. Wish I live in Japan. Sharp should market their phones in the states.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:26

25. ryq24 (Posts: 507; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Great looking phone just like all japan only phones but one wonder why it never get sold internationally. Maybe it's not that good at all and it can't beat the Koreans in real world. And it will be very expensive .

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:47 1

26. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Sharp always makes good phones.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:40 1

27. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1945; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


We should change Samsung for sharp... Js

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:12

28. mickeygosselin (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


So Softback releases the news on this great phone made by Sharp, and Softbank own most of Sprint, however it won't be available for Sprint users, makes no sense, this looks like a great phone to me and definetly would consider it

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 13:44

30. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Take notice from Oneplus One and sell this in their own store online world wide!! You got a real winner here.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 19:54

31. MobileGuru (Posts: 79; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


Slim bezel is nice but that phone is still pretty wide at 72mm width! Any phone wider than 68mm is unwieldy in my opinion.

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