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Sharp's first phones for the year: an incredibly compact Aquos mini, and a stylish flip K

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Sharp's first phones for the year: an incredibly compact Aquos mini, and a stylish flip K
Japan is always at the forefront of mobile tech, as can be attested by numerous handsets that, unfortunately, blossom and shine only there, with global release nowhere to be seen. Sharp's first phones of the year are just a hint at what will be in store later on, as they both have pretty intriguing form factors, coupled with powerful internals.

First in line is the Aquos mini SHV31, which features, you guessed it, the company's EDGEST design paradigm, meaning that the top bezel is incredibly narrow, bestowing a superior screen-to-body ratio to an already rather compact handset. The mini Aquos edition sports a 4.5" 1080p display, returning the rather generous 487ppi pixel density, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, and 13 MP camera on the back. Sharp's newest IGZO display tech edition is what will return two to three days of operation on a single charge of the 2120 mAh battery, and the munchkin is waterproof, too.

The second handset is... a flip phone. That's right, in the era of big-screen smartphones, Sharp decided to out a refreshingly nostalgic Aquos K, which looks very slim and stylish, has a powerful 13 MP camera on the back, capable of 1080p video, high pixel density, and a sensing trackpad for navigation of the interface that is skinned a lot like Android, with a full-featured browser, and Google's search field on the home page. Any takers?

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posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:02

1. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Is off-centered display a new trend? Smh

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:29 1

3. andu99 (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


It is......for Sharp :)

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:33

5. dimas (Posts: 2044; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


How is it off-centered?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 02:03

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4249; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Cause there's almost no top and side bezel, but the bottom bezel is huge

Not a problem IMO
But I'd prefer if the top bezel was the huge one, so the front camera is at the top, and so its easier to reach the top corners

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:35

6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 994; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Vertically? It's always been around.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 14:56 1

10. medtxa (Posts: 1130; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


better than half assed off-center phone like htc m8

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:27 1

2. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


Yep, another phone which packs world-leading technology...
I don't like Sharp very much, but for this one, I have to say Sharp have done the great job!

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:32 1

4. dimas (Posts: 2044; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Interesting specs for a compact type. Too bad sharp don't extend too much in asian countries. Another "wish I could have" phone.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:42 1

7. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Kudos Sharp!

I'd like to see Sansui make a phone too.
Nakamichi or Akai branded even.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:17

8. x88yunkw (Posts: 123; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


i want flip phone.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:58

9. justForTheRecord (Posts: 51; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


Finally! A properly sized phone with a decent screen and battery life. If they don't screw up something this should be a good seller. I would buy one as I have no desire to tote a phablet around in my pocket! As in, tired of the jokes ("Is that a phablet or are you just happy to see me?!").

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 15:20

11. StuiWooi (Posts: 91; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


I'll take that mini, 1080p on a 4.5 inch? Yes please! Before this the smallest 1080 screen I knew was the 4.7 on HTC One M7... Plus with the tiny bezels you know it's actually gonna be nice and compact

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 17:59

12. Genersis (Posts: 217; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The Aquos Mini SHV31 is pretty cool. If it had a 64 bit processor(even a 615), I'd be more interested; even so it seems like a great device.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 18:49 1

13. Planterz (Posts: 2046; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Too bad it'll probably stay in Japan. They should look at Sony's success with the Z3 Compact in Europe and North America.

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