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

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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.

Monsters from Asia: The headless, 5.7" Sharp Aquos Xx and its high-speed camera
Monsters from Asia: The headless, 5.7" Sharp Aquos Xx and its high-speed camera
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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posted on 04 Jun 2015, 10:29

1. jesus_sheep (Posts: 279; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)

Is Sharp still a relevant company?

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 10:34 15

2. limporgyuk (Posts: 290; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

goddamit **facepalm**

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 10:36 2

3. Finest (Posts: 90; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)

Of course, especially on appliances mostly televisions.

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 11:14 16

6. EcoCare (Posts: 443; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)

Sharp produces display for smartphone manufacturers.

Stay with your iPhone, for your brain's sake.

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 14:09 4

11. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)

duh... Sharp has made displays for Apple

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 17:04 1

13. TechNeck (Posts: 280; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)

And Samsung makes processors for Apple...

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 17:26 1

14. waddup121 (unregistered)

You like Monsters from Asia?

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 20:17

16. dimas (Posts: 2527; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 05 Jun 2015, 05:05

22. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 20:28

19. hteen (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)

apple make money from you.

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 20:56

20. Tricell1991 (Posts: 75; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 11:01 3

4. Genza (Posts: 576; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)

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

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 11:02

5. GBR84 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Apr 2015)

"Mother Of Screen" O.o

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 11:49 4

7. jauling (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 12:35

8. dlsnhuff (Posts: 111; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

front, nice. Back, average

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 15:26 4

12. TruPatriot (Posts: 110; Member since: 27 May 2013)

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

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 12:49

9. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)

Sharp and clean, just as I like!

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 12:59

10. osanilevich (Posts: 286; Member since: 29 Sep 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

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 20:22 1

18. dimas (Posts: 2527; Member since: 22 Jul 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 19:51

15. WallStreet (Posts: 256; Member since: 21 Sep 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 20:20

17. dimas (Posts: 2527; Member since: 22 Jul 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.

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 21:11 1

21. XperiaX (Posts: 66; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 08 Jun 2015, 05:32

23. Moose (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Jan 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 07:56

24. Mobilephile (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)

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

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