Monsters from Asia: The Sharp ZETA with its 3,300 mAh battery, SD810, and OIS camera


Our fortnightly column on amazing tech from faraway places, Monsters from Asia, has been a permanent fixture to PhoneArena for a year and a half now, and in that time, we've already covered five different phones from Japanese Sharp. Today marks the sixth.

Say hello to the Sharp Zeta SH-03G, a DoCoMo exclusive somewhat alike to SoftBank's Aquos Xx, but a bit more compact. We begin with a reduction in display size — instead of the 5.7 inches of the Xx, we have the more manageable, 5.5-incher of the Zeta. Like is typical of Japanese manufacturers, who obviously feel that battery life is a more important concern than pixel count, the Zeta's IGZO screen has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, good for 401 ppi. A phablet by all means, the water- and dust-resistant (IP57) body of the Zeta, encased within a metal frame, is nevertheless quite compact (~78% screen-to-body ratio).

As per usual, Sharp spared no effort trying to highlight the camera system it put in place with the SH-03G. At the back, we're looking at a Ricoh-certified, 13-megapixel snapper with super-wide, f/1.9 lens, optical stabilization, the ability to shoot 4K UHD video, and even extreme slow-moes — 210 FPS at 480p. If you want to go even farther, a special feature of the camera supplies 10 extra frames for every one available, simulating the effect of a 2100 FPS camera (WVGA resolution). The rest of the camera software backing this beast is quite robust, too, including features such as post-capture background blur correction (makes the subject pop), real-time HDR, time lapse, a special 'HQ' mode that snaps several images in succession and patches them together to deliver a sharper, less noisy image, a dedicated nighttime mode, and even Photo Spheres. The snapper up front is less impressive in comparison, with just 2.1 megapixels.

The rest of the specs include an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery that (Sharp says) can last you three days, and a fingerprint scanner. That's not all that's on offer with the Android 5.0 Lollipop-toting Sharp Zeta SH-03G, though. The phone offers numerous software features, including the ability to download files really fast by combining your LTE and Wi-Fi connections (Samsung's Download Booster), a dedicated one-hand mode, DTS surround sound and aptX tech (better music quality over Bluetooth). There's also slide-to-wake (the screen) functionality and a special feature allowing you to squeeze the device when you grip it in order to summon the screen and check the time and your notifications.

The Sharp Zeta comes in three distinct colors — red, white, and black — and is only available to DoCoMo subscribers.

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12 Comments

1. radhawnms

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

you can buy it unlocked in kyoex ( it's online site ) ..... but it's expensive like 900 usd

8. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Is this thing running vanilla Android?

9. radhawnms

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

You can use the Traditional Android UI or try out the new Sharp FEEL UX .... that's what they said

2. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

That's really expensive. But I can't understand by Sharp will not make their phones available globally. Afterall selling more phones is better, right?

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The Japanese logic is they don't export their best products oversea. Some companies just don't have any plans to expand their business.

3. waddup121 unregistered

Too expensive for a MONSTER. Rather buy me the Monster's inc movie instead.

4. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Wow, and they're not pushing to be a household name in the US why?

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Why bother when 90% of people in the US will buy anything with a fruit logo?

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't know about that. I have always bought Sharp microwaves as I feel they are the best one out there, especially for the money. They are also very reliable. I know of a good handful of people that have had theirs last them 20 years or more.

12. dimas

Posts: 3335; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They won't dare. Too risky and expensive competing with a household toy fruit.

10. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

If Sharp won't sell this globally, why won't some other company make a phone like this? Shorter than an S6 but with a 5.5" screen? I love it.

11. dimas

Posts: 3335; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What I like with Japanese phones are the rigid, sturdy, and practical build. You put it beside iphone and it's like Mustang beside Prius.

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