Sharp's first phones for the year: an incredibly compact Aquos mini, and a stylish flip K

Japan is always at the forefront of mobile tech, as can be attested by numerous handsets that, unfortunately, blossom and shine only there, with global release nowhere to be seen. Sharp's first phones of the year are just a hint at what will be in store later on, as they both have pretty intriguing form factors, coupled with powerful internals.

First in line is the Aquos mini SHV31, which features, you guessed it, the company's EDGEST design paradigm, meaning that the top bezel is incredibly narrow, bestowing a superior screen-to-body ratio to an already rather compact handset. The mini Aquos edition sports a 4.5" 1080p display, returning the rather generous 487ppi pixel density, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, and 13 MP camera on the back. Sharp's newest IGZO display tech edition is what will return two to three days of operation on a single charge of the 2120 mAh battery, and the munchkin is waterproof, too.

The second handset is... a flip phone. That's right, in the era of big-screen smartphones, Sharp decided to out a refreshingly nostalgic Aquos K, which looks very slim and stylish, has a powerful 13 MP camera on the back, capable of 1080p video, high pixel density, and a sensing trackpad for navigation of the interface that is skinned a lot like Android, with a full-featured browser, and Google's search field on the home page. Any takers?

source: Sharp



1. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Is off-centered display a new trend? Smh

3. andu99

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

It is......for Sharp :)

5. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

How is it off-centered?

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Cause there's almost no top and side bezel, but the bottom bezel is huge Not a problem IMO But I'd prefer if the top bezel was the huge one, so the front camera is at the top, and so its easier to reach the top corners

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Vertically? It's always been around.

10. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

better than half assed off-center phone like htc m8

2. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Yep, another phone which packs world-leading technology... I don't like Sharp very much, but for this one, I have to say Sharp have done the great job!

4. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Interesting specs for a compact type. Too bad sharp don't extend too much in asian countries. Another "wish I could have" phone.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kudos Sharp! I'd like to see Sansui make a phone too. Nakamichi or Akai branded even.

8. x88yunkw

Posts: 132; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

i want flip phone.

9. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Finally! A properly sized phone with a decent screen and battery life. If they don't screw up something this should be a good seller. I would buy one as I have no desire to tote a phablet around in my pocket! As in, tired of the jokes ("Is that a phablet or are you just happy to see me?!").

11. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I'll take that mini, 1080p on a 4.5 inch? Yes please! Before this the smallest 1080 screen I knew was the 4.7 on HTC One M7... Plus with the tiny bezels you know it's actually gonna be nice and compact

12. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

The Aquos Mini SHV31 is pretty cool. If it had a 64 bit processor(even a 615), I'd be more interested; even so it seems like a great device.

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Too bad it'll probably stay in Japan. They should look at Sony's success with the Z3 Compact in Europe and North America.

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