Monsters from Asia: the extraordinarily-compact Sharp SH-04F Aquos flagship


In this 9th edition of our fortnightly column on amazing tech that hails from far-away Asian lands, we'll be once again taking a look at a very modern Sharp device -- the SH-04F Aquos. Indeed, this is the third Sharp device that we'll be highlighting, and that's for a very good reason -- their devices, albeit pretty much exclusively available in Japan, nevertheless make a very high-end proposition. They're almost always extremely compact (the most compact devices in the world, actually!) all the while they're also dust- and water-proof. The rest of the hardware specifications are equally top notch.

So what does the SH-04F Aquos bring to the table? To start off, and to reiterate, the SH-04F sports the world's highest screen-to-size ratio, at the extraordinary 81%. This means that its 5.4-inch, 1080p resolution IGZO display takes a massive portion of the available real estate, and this, in turn, results in some very manageable dimensions: 140 x 74 x 9.3 mm (in contrast, the 5.2'' Xperia Z2 measures 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm). As mentioned Sharp's newest flagship makes no attempts to break away from tradition, and also comes with IP57 certification.

Moving onto the hardware that powers the SH-04F, we're looking at a 2.3GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with an Adreno 330 GPU, along with the healthy 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Internal storage sits at 32GB and you can add up to 128GB more through a microSD card. As for imaging, the phone makes use of a 13.1-megapixel rear shooter and a 2.1-megapixel selfie cam. Last, but certainly not least, the battery capacity of this Android 4.4.2-powered device sits at the very generous 3300 mAh.

"So how much does a device like that costs?", you may wonder, and the answer is unlikely to appeal to budget-conscious folks -- a DoCoMo exclusive, the SH-04F Aquos is sold for the equivalent of $730 without a contract, and resellers sell it for anywhere between that and $850. Tough sell unless you're a Japanese native, but that doesn't mean that this Aquos phone is any less intriguing.

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33 Comments

1. INCOMPARABLE

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Now, thats smartphone ...

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Super sexy device! WOW!

3. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Sony should take a look at those "bezels"

8. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

HTC should take a look at the top and bottom bezels.

13. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

And Samsung should ...... Nevermind.....

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Samsung should look at the quality materials.

15. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Yeah, while Sony might look to have more bezels, the M8 still happens to be worse in the screen to phone ratio and the M8 has a much more 'unbalanced' bezel design, and thus I conclude that HTC was actually going behind in terms of design in their flagship smartphone by the the time that the first alleged pictures came out.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Especially the curved unbalanced rear, which is irratinti g when you try to text and dial numbers.

29. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Plus the slippery build, Ergonomics seems to be worst in flagship terms.

12. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I hate reading stupid comments from people who doesnt know anything about tech. The reason why z2 have big bezes is because z2 has the biggest camera sensor on android and it has dual stereo speakers. Sharp has a smaller camera sensor and no stereo speakers thats why its small

21. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I guess you do not need to be too offended when someone mocked the bezels on the Xperia Z2 because 1. The bezels on M8 is still bigger than the Z2. 2. As far as i know Xperia Z2 has one of the best screen ratio among a smartphones with front facing stereo speakers + The Z2 also has the highest water resistant among 2014 flagships from major brand. 3. The differences between Z2 and S5 screen ratio is only 0.something % even though the Z2 has bigger sensor, battery, stereo speakers and metal construction (if i'm not mistaken LG said thanks to plastic they can makes the bezels a lot thinner than metal phones). So in my opinion the Z2 is better than S5. 4. Sharp is not only beat Sony when it comes to screen ratio but also put LG to shame because AFAIK from all major brand LG is the only one bragging about their thin bezels. 5. Please just accept it! that Sharp is better than Sony, i also believe even if they put 1/2.3" sensor and stereo speakers Sharp will do a better job than Sony at least for now.

31. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Well, so how about Sony Xperia Z Ultra?

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Think Apple should took a look at those bezels. Sony also makes thinner bezels.

30. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

The Z2 and S5 have the exact same sized horizontal bezels. I dont know why ppl keep bashing on Sony. Look at the Phone Arena comparison of the Z2 and S5. There's an image of the 2 phones next to eachother and the distance from the edge of the screen to the outside of the phone are the same size. If anything, HTC needs to "take a look at those "bezels""

4. Anarsosoroo

Posts: 25; Member since: May 12, 2014

Looks so amazing sexy

5. drazwy

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

pretty snazzy.

6. andhraking17

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

normally i don't like smartphones with front camera at bottom, but this smartphone stole my heart.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

OMG! SHARP! I want SHARP everything! AAAAA! GOTTA MOVE TO JAPAN

9. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Noiiiice...

10. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

for a moment I...

11. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

What a Sharp...

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Sharp Electronics of Japan makes TV'S in the u.s. But mobile phones and everything else in Japan.

23. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I want one of their rice cookers.

14. kingEngine

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Sharp showing how "sharp" they are. Hnng

16. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I'd fly over to Japan and buy it if it was given A BETTER NAME!

17. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The bezel is so small the thumb cannot totally fit when holding it in landscape mode. How is this a good thing? And the specs are nothing that cannot be found on most high end phones right now.

18. Zinop

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

So yeah, Sharp... can you please release this beast onto the rest of the world? Its basically the perfect phone spec wise imo. Wouldnt mind paying full price for this

22. a961009

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Even though it is nice they will not release their phone in worldwide

26. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

That main article photo is fake and makes the bezels look smaller than they are. Compare it with picture #7 which is supposed to be the same on screen picture. Wow nice fake out there Sharp...

27. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Wish some of these monsters would come across the Pacific Ocean

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