Monsters from Asia: the IP57-certified Sharp Aquos Xx 302Sh, or the most compact full-fledged flagship in the world
posted by Chris P. / Apr 07, 2014, 6:27 AM
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.
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).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,
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
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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Now that's how you make a phone!!!! Goodbye bezels'
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 6:29 AM 19
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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
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 7:39 AM 3
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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
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 3:29 PM 3
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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.
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 6:38 AM 2
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Im chucking money at my screen but nothings happening :(
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 6:44 AM 2
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Is that a Front facing camera on the front, on the bottom?
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 6:45 AM 0
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A 12-megapixel one at that! :)
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 6:51 AM 3
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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..
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 7:32 AM 0
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Used Sharp Sh-01D ....it sucked at battery life and overheated. Never buying from them again.
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 7:35 AM 0
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That's like a 3 year old smartphone. Should probably wipe the slate clean? :)
posted on Apr 07, 2014, 7:44 AM 1
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