Sharp outs Aquos mini SHL24 with the smallest 4.5" 1080p display, ultra compact EDGEST design

Sharp today outed the next in its line of marvelous phones and tablets with IGZO display tech, dubbed Aquos mini SHL24. The "mini" moniker stems not only from the fact that it sports a 4.5" 1080p display, but also because it features the so-called EDGEST design, basically a minimized bezel thickness from three sides - left, right, and top. This almost bezel-less design has brought on some record compact dimensions, with just 2.48" (63mm) of width and 4oz (115g) weight, making the phone perfect for one-handed operation. For comparison, the phone is as tall and almost as wide as an iPhone 5s with its 4" panel, weighing about the same.

Sharp didn't stop here, though, as it equipped the handset with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage plus memory card, as well as a 13 MP camera with f/1.9 aperture on the back that does some low-light shenanigans. Naturally, the phone is also waterproof, as any self-respecting handset from Japan these days.

Aquos mini SHL24 sports 487ppi pixel density, that is just shy of the phone with the record ppi count - Vivo Xplay 3S - which, however, has an unwieldy 6" display. Sharp's phone is part of the new spring lineup of KDDI, which means it will be available some time in March in pink, blue, yellow green, and white.

source: KDDI via G4Games



39. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Here comes the japanese tsunami!

38. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Looks very nice, but what happened to the hardware keys???

40. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I mean what are those + - buttons? :P

41. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I found out those are actually volume keys. Wow.

35. hurrycanger

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The very first phone smaller than 4.9" that has 1080p and snap800?

37. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

obviously YESSS ;)

34. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Nice. The only XPeria Z1 Compact competitor. I really hope Sharp can release their smartphone worldwide. they made some good smarpthone

32. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Snapdragon 800! And Intel dreams of competing with Qualcomm..let them try putting a Bay Trail in a 115 grams light device

31. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

too bad: one handed use is less comfortable than with the sony, because the opposite TOP corner is more far away from thumb reach. sharp better should have reduced the bezel on the buttom side than on the top side.

24. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

First Sony, now Sharp. I wonder which company will be next to put flagship specs in a small package?

29. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Everyone this year, in my opinion, as soon as they'll realize that 5,2'' is too much for most people.

23. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

That screen is going in the next iPhone.

28. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Might well be true!

18. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Sharp just kicked Sony's a** with the use of MINI.

21. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I can't see the use of MINI anywhere.

25. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

they kicked Samsung and HTC Minis... But Sony's COMPACT is actually a match for this phone... I am willing to bet that the Xperia Z1 Compact has a larger battery than this phone and will out perform in that regard. Also we need to see camera samples as well to compare them... Until then I would call them two, even.

26. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I stand corrected. Battery for the Aquos will be 2120 mAh. which is not bad but compared to the Z1 Compact is quite low... specially for those display differences. The author replies a comment regarding battery capacity.

15. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

That's a sharp looking phone! I prefer the top and bottom bezels to be of equal thickness for better handling while gaming.

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'd take a thick but consistent bezel over this one

10. Colonel-Moris

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Do they come with a head mounted microscope or should I invest in one myself?

11. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

you're funny. seriously.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple invested in Sharp hoping that Sharp would just stay put. Just be a good supplier and manufactured all the screen for their iPhone. But that not what doing business is about. Any good business person or company would like to expand their business. Having their own successfully consumer product is a logical step. Those phones do look good.

12. Spikes9s

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

Correction SAMSUNG invested 110 million Dollars about 10 months ago!!! Get informed before posting and FYI a supplier do not ever have to stay put, they are not dogs or some kind of house pets!!! Sharp Corporation is been around for more than 1 Century unlike your precious company, so get your head out of the fruit arse and start spreading some love....

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012 You are right Apple 2 billions investment in Sharp is unconfirmed while Samsung investment is announced.

45. Spikes9s

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

Wrong again... that´s the bill/invoice Apple had to pay Sharp for all the panels they got from them, that is not investment...., is just parts for the phones and tablets. Investement means you put in maney for research & development, manufacturing upgrades and so on... you not get and invoice for that, just a prefernt treatment with future upcomming products... so again remember to connect your brains to your fingers before you post something...smh...

7. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Sony vs Sharp, the battle of the Japanese manufacturers~ Looks like Japanese are back in the game

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I like Sony's design but Sharp's technology. I would like to see some camera samples from this Sharp.

17. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Of course Sharp is nothing in comparison to Sony when it comes to camera.

19. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

If only Sony could work with Sharp on a smartphone...what I would give for that phone!!! Or Sony could buy out Sharp's technology...just like how Samsung bought LG/Panasonic technology for their UHD TVs.

20. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

That would be a Miracle!

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