This is officially the most compact 6-inch phone

This is officially the most compact 6-inch phone
If you are looking for the absolutely most compact phone with a big screen around, the newly launched Sharp Aquos S3 has just gotten this title thanks to the almost non-existant bezels around its 6-inch display.

Don't just blindly trust us: Sharp itself claims that it has developed the most compact 6" phone around. The company gives the 6-inch LG V30 as a comparison as the new Sharp Aquos S3 has a body that is 3.5mm shorter and 1.2mm narrower. And, of course, in order to get so compact, the phone also has a notch.


The display itself is a 6-inch LCD one with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, but despite being an LCD it still has an excellent contrast of 1,500:1 and a peak brightness of the fairly good 550 nits.


Here is a quick look at the rest of the key specs:

  • Interface: Sharp Smile UX on top of Android 8.0
  • Display: 6-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution
  • Cameras: Dual (12MP + 13MP telephoto) rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • System chip: Snapdragon 630, 4GB of RAM
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery: 3,200mAh with Quick Charge 3 support

As you can see, the phone has mid-range specs and it is priced accordingly, but it has a sleek body that makes it stand out from the rest of its competitors.

Price and Release date


This is officially the most compact 6-inch phone

The Sharp Aquos S3 will go on sale in Taiwan on April 1st at a price of 11,990 New Taiwan dollar, the equivalent of around $410 US dollars. The phone is not likely to be officially sold in the United States and Europe.

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28 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

Phone companies should not be allowed to use a notch unless they remove the bottom bezel.

3. dimas

Posts: 3240; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think the bottom bezel of sharp aquos s3 is forgivable. It may look big but in actual life it is already thin.

28. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

BTW the 6'' phone with notch, is 5.7'' real display. As iPhone X is 5.5'' real display.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3066; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Don't buy their phones. Some people like it, others don't and that's the beauty of the free enterprise system.

5. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

Agreed, but why not just put the bottom bezel at the top and have no bezel at the bottom? That way you get an even higher screen-to-body ratio without any notch in the screen.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The notch is a marketing gimmick - you can claim a 6" screen, though you've in reality got the equivalent of a 5.8" usable screen. As I said below, I want small top and bottom bezels with speakers firing forward me. That's my ideal.

10. Subie

Posts: 2262; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm with you. Equal size bezels(for symmetry) and speakers firing forward. If there has to be a notch then match it with an Oled screen, then the blacks can perfectly blend to make a "smart"-bezel.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm still against the notch, even if it's blended. It's dishonest. If they're going to use a notch, they should be required to advertise the screen size as the usable screen size, not including the notch or horns around it.

13. fyah_king unregistered

S9+ for you!!!!

14. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

You have a good point about the symmetry of the phone. It would definitely look better versus no chin and a top bezel. I think my favorite bezel-less design would be the Mi Mix 2s with the notch in the corner (it's the image of the link below but on the main page). I doubt it will be the final design but I'd prefer that over any other design thus far. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Xiaomi-Mi-Mix-2s-to-be-introduced-tomorrow_id103537

21. Subie

Posts: 2262; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That Mi Mix2 is definitely an interesting design. Unfortunately it most likely will not be an option available in NA.

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6387; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Nexus 6...and they're discontinued...FML...

17. acme64

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

because the lcd needs to be plugged in from somewhere

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3066; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You have microphone arrays at the bottom along with speakers and charging ports. They have to go somewhere. Across the top you have another array for sensors. an earpiece and that selfie camera that people are so obsessed with. Tell me, where TF are you going to put all these hardware items?

23. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

There will never truly be a bezelless phone for a while. Like you mentioned, you have to put the earpiece, charging ports, speakers, and plug in the lcd somewhere. Apple minimized the bottom bezel better than anyone thus far...so it can be done. The selfie camera can be put in the corner. The Mi Mix 2 took care of the earpiece at the top while still having minimal bezels up top. Multiple companies have come up with solutions but not one single company has put all of the best ideas into one device.

16. acme64

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

commentors should not be allowed to design phones.

2. dimas

Posts: 3240; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Be original". Does it mean that even their colorful wallpaper was copied by apple? Damn sharp! Just release international versions of your phones, you might be favored more by the global market than huawei.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The ideal phone has a thin bezel top and bottom, each containing a great quality stereo speaker and nearly zero side bezel. The slight extra length doesn't impact usability (like more width would}. And an under display fingerprint scanner. Please, someone give me that.

8. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 449; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

To be honest high screen to body ratio still doesn't really help with 1 handed use as you still need to reach to the very top and bottom of the phone.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The sales of large phones indicate that's not really a concern for most people.

25. kiko007

Posts: 7386; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's a paradox: People are buying larger phones impart because phones are getting larger.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yup! Sales of larger phones are bound to increase when there are hardly any compact flagships around.

9. gamehead unregistered

Notch thank you

15. Xperia14

Posts: 1196; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The V30 is a much, much better deal.

18. Gadgetex

Posts: 182; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Sharp smartphones come with the worst speakers. You can barely hear anything out of them because they are so weak. Screen and camera are good but they have poor sound quality speakers and lack international LTE Bands. Come with minimal LTE Bands

19. Guaire

Posts: 850; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Dimensions: 148.2 * 74.2 * 7.98 mm http://www.sharpmobile.com.tw/products/s3/specs.html

26. KingSam

Posts: 1336; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I think the bottom bezel is fine for conformable typing. I tried both essential phone and iPhone x.

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