Monsters from Asia: the enticing, 4.7" Sharp Aquos Compact


For our 39th episode of our Monsters from Asia column on amazing, but often under-appreciated tech from the far East, comes the recently announced Sharp Aquos Compact SH-02H. Slated for a December launch on Japan's top carrier, NTT DoCoMo, the Aquos Compact is a rarity in today's world of smartphones: it's just 4.7 inches, and Sharp didn't skimp on the specs. That's good — Sony's Xperia Z Compact line definitely could use some challenge from a fellow Android maker. So let's talk specifics. 

Starting with the design, Sharp is sticking to its now signature, dust- and water-resistant (IP68) 'EDGEST' design, featuring relatively compact-for-their-screen-size phone bods with extremely narrow top bezels and a fatter, bottom one that houses the front camera and ambient light sensor. The only leftover up top is the earpiece. And right underneath that? A 4.7-inch, 1080 x 1920 resolution IGZO display, good for the awesome 469 pixels per inch — enough to satisfy even the most demanding power users. Sharp also promotes the screen's ability to work at 120Hz, meaning that you can (theoretically) playback content at up to 120 frames per second, though most of us would be more than content enough with a stable 60FPS.

Underneath the panel, we've got an interesting choice from Sharp: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. Side-stepping the more powerful, flagship chip — the Snapdragon 810 — the Japanese maker obviously felt that the 64-bit, hexa-core processor, with its Adreno 418 GPU, is sufficient to run the phone. Makes sense, especially considering the world of trouble the Snapdragon 810 seems to constantly find itself in. As for operating memory, you're looking at 3 gigs of RAM, with storage capped at 16GB. Thankfully, you can expand through a microSD card and get up to 200 gigs on top of that.

For your imaging needs, Sharp has outfitted the Aquos Compact with a 13.1-megapixel main camera with very wide, f/1.9 lens, and a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor for selfies. Powering the camera and the rest of the phone is a sizable, 2,810mAh cell with Android 5.1 Lollipop — with an extensive Sharp skin on top, of course — being the brains of the entire operation.

As mentioned, the Sharp Aquos Compact SH-02H will be launched on DoCoMo's network come December, with yellow/silver and blue/black being the only two color options to be made available. Pricing, at this point, remains unknown.

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1. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

idk why,but it reminds me Z1 and Z3 Compact. Especially that frame and back,and that camera lens too

2. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

The blue/black is enticing. If availability is good plus pricing, then this is my next. Damn, I forgot camera

20. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

You also forgot that it won't be available outside Japan...

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter, I might just order it. This is kind of what the Z5 compact should have been. If the camera turns out to be good and the performance is stable, the price is totally worth it.

25. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Sony and Sharp need to work together on a 120Hz 4k phone display with no bezels then it will be unbeatable. As far as I know Sony is the first 4k phone and Sharp is the 1st 120hz phone display to put out on market? This phone wont do well being its only launched on DoCoMo's network? If they had it for only $300 off contract like the OPO it would do amazingly well. Lots of innovation going on with Sony and Sharp!

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Z5's Compact's slightly beefier cousin.

12. ferretsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

agree, but the front looks completely different tho

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

anybody has the measurements of this phone? i'm sure it's no bigger than an iPhone 4 but still packs a 4.7 inch display i love how Sharp is the only one making bezels the right way, LG is kinda drifting away from that race

7. MattEagle

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

126 x 66 x 9 mm

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The GS6 + edge probably has a screen to body ratio on par with this and it probably looks sexier to boot. But of course you can never give them any credit since you are an Apple tool. Lol

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Not bad Sharp... Not bad at all. I'm not interested in a phone this small but if I were it would be on my short list

5. carlemillward unregistered

The funny thing about this phone is that the camera app literally asks you to turn the phone upside down to take a selfie.

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Hard to find many negative things about this, except maybe 16GB storage.

8. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

While having microSD port you dont need internal storage to be higher. At this point, 16GB is nothing bad to me. I wish this beauties arrive EU

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Trying To One Up Sony I See, Very Enticing Indeed If The Price Is Right I Could See Compact Lovers Picking This Over The Z5C. The Design Is Definitely Sony Like But Still Doesn't Look As Good As The Z5C Just Sayin.

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Too bad this will never leave Japan like every single other Sharp Japan bound phone. Ye i know that one model that came to us for only one carrier. So nope this isnt Z5C competitor anywhere besides Japan.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah That's Unfortunate. But Who Knows Maybe Sharp Will Get Smart And Sell Outside Of JP.

18. Sealblaighter

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

You can buy this phone at kyoex when it will arrive.

21. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

At kyoex? Do they ship globally and are the bands of the phone to work in Europe? But still the Sharps are pretty expensive.

26. Sealblaighter

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yes. They ship globally. If you are interested on this device, wait 3, 4 months, and buy it then, because it will be more affordable. All of the smart phones, by NTT Docomo are officially UNLOCKED.

11. middlehead

Posts: 449; Member since: May 12, 2014

I want several.

13. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

oh my god

16. ChenHui88

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

The next generation of this phone, probably with SD820, 3 to 4 gigs of RAM, fingerprint sensor and Android 6.x, will be my next phone. Hopefully more color options too.

24. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That would be beefy specs. I want sharp phones but they are so expensive online because they don't market globally.

28. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

I'm thinking the same thing. A phone like that sure would be amazing.

19. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Price?

23. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Awesome. Rumored Z5 compact premium internals. Seems Japanese aren't hooked with 5inch+ phones yet. No wonder flip phones are still hot items in their country.

27. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

Damn, this thing looks AWESOME. I really hope they bring this to the US. I doubt an imported Japan model will support all the bands here and I don't wanna deal with that. But I absolutely love how much they cut down the size and kept the specs so great. I also like how well it mirrors a lot of the Xperia features, although the lack of front speakers is quite a bummer and missing dedicated camera button is a bit of a neg for me too. But most of all, I'm absolutely in love with the contrasting frame colors. That blue border around the black is just so sexy.

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