Monsters from Asia: the IP57-certified Sharp Aquos Xx 302Sh, or the most compact full-fledged flagship in the world


A little over two weeks ago, we took our time to introduce you to yet another amazing smartphone assembled in the distant East -- the Sharp Aquos Mini SHL24 -- as part of our effort to highlight great tech manufactured in Asia. But instead of turning our gaze to another worthy manufacturer, we thought another of Sharp's smartphones deserved a special mention.

Say hello to the 5.2-inch Sharp Aquos Xx 302Sh -- an equal to the Mini SHL24 in terms of both what it brings to the table, and its similarly unfortunate naming, but also the world's most compact full-fledged flagship money can buy today. That's right, the 302Sh touts a whopping 80.5% screen-to-body ratio, a figure we've come to agree with in our independent measurements. The actual dimensions of the phone read 132 x 70 x 9.9 mm, or 5.19 x 2.75 x 0.38 inches (so smaller than your Galaxy S4) -- quite an impressive feat, considering the phone is also IP57-certified (water- and dust-resistant). 

Best of all, Sharp's flagship innards do not disappoint in the slightest, too. Packing a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM, this may not be the most potent phone on the market, but it's definitely right up there. Speaking of memory, the phone comes with 32GB of native storage, and an option for expansion through a microSD card. Moreover, that 5.2-inch glass comes with a resolution of 1080x1920, and the panel itself is of Sharp's very own IGZO make. The battery, at 2600 mAh, is also no wimp.

Last, but certainly not least, the Aquos Xx 302Sh sports a 16.3-megapixel rear shooter with a super-wide, f/1.9 aperture, which Sharp touts allows for more light to be captured, resulting in brighter low-light shots. Moreover, Sharp also brags that auto focus time is as low as 0.5 seconds, and the camera unit can also take snaps with pan focus, meaning that pretty much everything beyond about 1 meter will be in focus. The 12-megapixel selfie cam at the front is also downright insane.

Unfortunately, this is where we take a moment to note that 302Sh remains a Japanese Softbank's exclusive, and is unavailable outside the island country. What's more, the phone isn't exactly cheap at about $670. That said, is there any real reason we should expect a price lower than that, all things considered?

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42 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Now that's how you make a phone!!!! Goodbye bezels'

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Why almost no top bezel, then really fat bottom bezel (IMO it's more important that the bottom one is small as it makes the screen lower down, so you don't have to stench as much) Also it would look much better if they were both small, instead of one tiny one fat Good on them for making it only 132 x 70 mm, which is amazing for its 5.2" screen

33. TGreg104

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

Its a design thing. Our eyes perceive things mounted or oriented higher to actually be in the center. Trust me, if it were switched, it would look weird AF to us.

31. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Wow...I'm really amazed by this phone...other should learn from sharp how to make compact ip certified phone (say sony , samsung)....

37. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Amazing phone, very simple and elegant design... should be launch internationally... it will kill all major flagships if marketed properly... sony learn something from your fellow country manufacturer like lg is learning from samsung. Sony, IP certification doesnt mean to add massive bezels

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Come on most smartphones are manufactured in Asia more accurately China. Also SK and Japan comes under Asia. So Lg, samsung and sony are from asia.

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I think when they are trying to say this phone isn't available in the Western countries. A lot of those phones don't make it outside of Asia.

27. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

All the Sharp smart phones are MADE in JAPAN! :) You can buy Japanese phones if you visit kyoex.com

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That's Sharp! Nice phone, wtg.

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Im chucking money at my screen but nothings happening :(

7. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Try chucking your screen with some coins... :P

5. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Wow... Look at those bezels... Oh, My bad.. There ain't any...

6. Bridgep0rt

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Is that a Front facing camera on the front, on the bottom?

8. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

A 12-megapixel one at that! :)

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What are the - and + for?

42. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

apparently volume buttons since there doesn't seem to be any on the sides

39. mariosraptor

Posts: 178; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

(waster- and dust-resistant) please correct. is WATER

9. babalove

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Does this phone have a front facing camera?

32. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

12MP front cam. Take that.

10. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

sharp as SHARP! hmmm i'm wondering about ip6...

11. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Lets see the review first. But I'm guessing these beast won't leave Japan . Most of the time sharp don't release phones internationally .

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Super almost bezel less.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Whaaatttttt..... 12MP selfie cam? Oh my.

14. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Looks nice, but like the LG G2 most won't consider buying it.

15. j-rod2079

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Softbank needs to bring this phone to Sprint customers in the U.S.!!!

16. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

If sharp dared to import these internationally,I'm sure they will strike gold.. As long as there is marketing budget,which I don't think they have.But Sony is the second-best brand to get japan's best tech..

17. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Used Sharp Sh-01D ....it sucked at battery life and overheated. Never buying from them again.

22. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

That's like a 3 year old smartphone. Should probably wipe the slate clean? :)

26. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I suppose so...they have made improvements. IGZO panel for that screen. That no bezel seems attractive.

18. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Could those bezels withstand impact? .___.

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