Monsters from Asia: The headless, 5.7" Sharp Aquos Xx and its high-speed camera


We're often asked why our fortnightly Monsters from Asia column is named the way it is when the devices we highlight typically come from just China, and today we have one very good example — because of phones like the Sharp Aquos Xx. Indeed, it's been a while since we last took a shine to a Japan-made smartphone (the Fujitsu Arrows NX F-02G), but the new Aquos Xx proved impressive enough to feature.

So what does Sharp has in store for Japanese locals and adventurous geeks across the pond? Let's start with the display — a phablet-worthy, 5.7-incher of an LTPS make (S-CG tech, more specifically), with 1080 x 1920 pixels in total. This works out to the very decent 386 pixels per inch, and serves to cement the notion that the Japanese are a practical people who are unwilling to sacrifice battery life and performance for minor increases in detail sharpness.

Speaking of performance, we've got a 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor running the show. It's got a potent Adreno 430 GPU on board capable of powering through pretty much anything available on the market, and 3 gigs of RAM that should prove roomy enough for you to do whatever you like. Also on board is a 32GB storage chip, which you can expand on with the help of a microSD card. Turning to imaging, we're looking at a 13.1-megapixel main camera, and a 2.1-megapixel selfie snapper. The latter strikes us as unimpressive for a mid-2015 device, but the former has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve.

It's not optical stabilization we're talking about, though, nor 4K UHD video capture — even though it supports the mode. Instead, we're referring to the camera's incredible ability to playback slow motion video at the massive 2,100 frames per second. Granted, the maximum resolution available at that frame rate is FWVGA (854x480), but that hardly takes away from the achievement, especially since you can also watch footage at 1080p and 1,200 FPS. In case it isn't clear, the camera itself doesn't shoot video at those frame rates — it actually tops out at 210 FPS @ FWVGA, or 120 FPS @ 1080p. What the special mode does instead is intelligently supplies every available frame with up to 10 near-copies to create a striking effect of the type of slow-moes (sample below) that are typically the domain of specialized labs.

We aren't finished with the Aquos Xx, though. As is Sharp's tradition, the smartphone is extremely compact for its display size, and boast a screen-to-body ratio of about 78%, which is impressive. The 0.32 inches-thick (8.7 mm) device is also water- and dust-resistant (IP57-certified) and packs DTS Sound-certified speakers and a healthy, 3,000 mAh battery within. On the software side, we're looking at Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Sharp Aquos Xx is set for release on Japan's SoftBank, though pricing information is, unfortunately, still unavailable.

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24 Comments

1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Is Sharp still a relevant company?

2. limporgyuk

Posts: 357; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

goddamit **facepalm**

3. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

Of course, especially on appliances mostly televisions.

6. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Sharp produces display for smartphone manufacturers. Stay with your iPhone, for your brain's sake.

11. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

duh... Sharp has made displays for Apple

13. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

And Samsung makes processors for Apple...

14. waddup121 unregistered

You like Monsters from Asia?

16. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just because they don't sell outside japan it doesn't mean they don't make money.

22. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well they're not they're no better than Sony on smartphone I mean.

19. hteen

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

apple make money from you.

20. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

@jesus_sheep Just looking at to company stock price sir !! They are pretty good.

4. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Damn... that is a beautiful phone i wish they sold globally with some improvement course (like with better FFC).

5. GBR84

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

"Mother Of Screen" O.o

7. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

we need to hear more about japanese imports... they all seem to have some level of water/dust resistance/proofing

8. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

front, nice. Back, average

12. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

yeah this is important cuz I spend so much time looking at the back of my phone.

9. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

Sharp and clean, just as I like!

10. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Wow, the Japanese phone market used to be lightyears ahead of the rest of the world in terms of technology. This phone is decent but proof that everyone else has caught up, and in many cases, surpassed Japan

18. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They're still lightyears ahead, they just don't like joining the big boys. Being technologically advance doesn't mean that you have to share it to the whole world.

15. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Why can't they offer it globally throught a website? That's so easy nowadays and so many other less renowned companies do it.

17. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Too many paperworks and different country certification fees. Add the cost of establishing marketing bodies across the globe. Sharp's making money in their country so no need to gamble on creating more expenses.

21. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

this is the design Sony Xperia Z series should have be...

23. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I like phones that feature large screen to body ratios but this phone may have gone too far as it looks like it would not be easy to hold in landscape mode without touching the screen. Would be nice to have a hands-on view of it though.

24. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I want this! It's very different and an eye cather for sure.

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