KDDI's winter collection brings the lightest waterproof 5-incher, and the amazing Sharp Aquos SHL23

Japanese carrier KDDI is out with its winter phone collection, which includes such stalwarts like the Xperia Z1, Note 3, and a tailored version of the LG G2 in blue, green, white and black colors. 

It's the local flavor that attracted our attention most, though, as one of the six handsets announced was the Sharp Aquos SHL23. Under this rather uninspiring number you get a heck of a handset. It sports a 4.8" Full HD IGZO display with 460ppi pixel density, 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 16 MP camera with the excellent for a mobile f/1.9 aperture and industry-fastest 0.4 seconds start time, all wrapped in a slim waterproof body. 

The kicker, however, is that the Japanese have managed to fit a 3000 mAh battery inside, which, combined with the low-power IGZO display technology, Sharp says is making wonders for the battery life, though we couldn't find the exact endurance numbers.

Next in line from the locals is the Fujitsu Arrows Z Full HD 5-incher we told you about already, with its ultra fast 10-minute charging abilities, but the last one, Digno M by Kyocera, holds the actual Android record here. At 135g, Kyocera claims it is the lightest Full HD 5" waterproof Android phone, a claim previously held by the 146g Sony Xperia Z flagship. 

Oh, Japan, why are you doing this to us? We'll especially keep an eye for a battery performance test of Sharp's Aquos phone, as it might be a gauge what to expect from future handsets with the IGZO screen technology. The phone also sports a number of interface shenanigans, some of which you can see in the hands-on video below.

source: KDDI



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Awesome designs n specs...

2. taikucing unregistered

please sell this phone in my country!

3. morozsean

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Wow, this is a beautifully-designed phone. Has great specs too!

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

·why the he11 wont i get this in canada

5. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Do I have to go all the way to Japan in order to get one of these ? ? ? =(

6. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

I am totally sure that Sharp will sell their Sharp Aquos SHL23 in my country(Philippines).

7. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

Come on, sell this thing in Malaysia..

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