Sharp's new Aquos Xx and Xx mini: ultra-slim bezels and Snapdragon 800

Sharp's new Aquos Xx and Xx mini: ultra-slim bezels and Snapdragon 800
Japanese carrier Softbank has recently announced that it'll be carrying Sharp's two new flagship devices – the Aquos Xx and the Aquos Xx mini. The Japanese company's mobile arm has definitely been struggling, so the adoption of its phones has been largely limited to Japan. As you should know by now, there appears to be no one way to go about conquering the smartphone industry and in the case of Sharp, it sure isn't for lack of a compelling product, at least in view of the newly christened Xx and Xx mini.

Just how compelling is the new Sharp duo, though? Let's take a look

With some small exceptions, the Sharp Aquos Xx reads like a geek's dream. It's got all the cutting edge hardware on board – Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and a big 5.2-inch, 1080p screen S-CG Silicon TFT screen (instead of the expected IGZO screen). It's an older technology, and in years past, Sharp has justified its use over IGZO panels due to the higher pixel densities it can achieve, not to mention that it's simply cheaper. The rest of the specs include a non-removable 2600mAh battery, and 32GB of microSD-expandable storage.

As far as the design of the Aquos Xx is concerned, we found it to be rather uninspired and kind of thick, though we do have a thing for nearly bezel-less phones – the screen on the Xx accounts for 82% of the device's front. On the back, you've got a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with an aperture of f/1.9, while a far less impressive 1.2-megapixel unit resides at the front. The Sharp Aquos Xx will be made available sometime in December, though pricing is currently unknown.

The 4.5-inch Sharp Aquos Xx mini is a proper sized-down version of its sibling, with a few key exceptions. For example, while the Xx mini also comes packing a punch thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM, the display is, again, 1080p, though this time around Sharp has fitted an IGZO LCD panel. In case you're wondering, that adds up to a jaw-droppingly dense 490 ppi. The battery on the Xx mini is similarly embedded, but smaller, at 2120mAh.

Much alike to the Aquos Xx, the design on the Xx mini simply looks dated, not to mention that despite its attractive slim bezels at the front, the device is also on the thick side at 9.8mm. Looking at the camera, the spec sheets points towards a 13.1-megapixel rear unit with the same wide f/1.9 aperture and an identical 1.2-megapixel front shooter. The device is slated for a disappointingly distant February release, while pricing info has been altogether omitted.

via: Engadget [1], [2]



1. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I love my aquos 104sh been using for more than a year now still working perfectly. Japanese still and will always be the best

13. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

No. As Albert Einstein said: "A surgeon about to operate on a wounded soldier would give him a bullet to bit on to distract him and make him less likely to scream."

2. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Sexy phone

3. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I have never seen a sharp mob in real life,i like this model

4. AKumar47

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

12.4??? next! haha!

7. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

The thickness maybe for good ergonomics. You haven't even held the phone. NEXT COMMENT.

23. shuimaranaman

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Thats understandable, but Sony Xperia Z1 has a better camera, with a bigger sensor, and yet in a less thicker package. Im not trying to dispute the size cause I have no issues with it, but if they wanted to make it thinner, they could of. Also saying that, Sony had large bezel which if they changed the design to close to nothing bezels could of been thicker..

5. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Those bezels at 5.5" is going to make it a pain to hold, especially in landscape.

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think the tiny top bezel is going to make it a pain to had in landscape, they should have balance out he top and bottom bezels

6. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Slim top bezel as well, wasn't expecting that.

8. t1gran

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

/// the device is overly thick at 12.4mm /// Doesn't the source say it's 9.8 mm (63 x 124 x 9.8)?

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Concidering this instead of thee Z1! The mini version with IGZO is awesome!

10. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Sharp supplies the display panel for Sony so I'm sure the screen on this is great.

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

glad to see slowly more smaller screened devices with high end spec are being made.

12. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

1080p for a 4.5" phone is an overkill...

14. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

The bottom bezel could have matched the top if they used on screen soft keys

15. poping unregistered

i'd rather call it ultra misplaced bezels... they took 90% off from the top bezels and moved it at the bottom... what a waste...

16. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I guess volume rockers, side and front physical buttons will disappear very soon on new phones (except Iphones), this will achieve the minimal bezel sides, it will be cool but no clue if practical.

17. anGel_pLayer

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Awww yisss... View as one page options is back... Anyhow, those side bezels are awesome..

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The Xx mini though... My god that is a beautiful phone.

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

From bezel design, I'd guess it be easy to hold with a thumb and inside length of index finger. Still, it seems like too much offset, wonder what design reason for that was? I ragged on HTC for this earlier but in reality I know we need some chin on the bottom to hang onto though not Leno's.

21. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I thought it uses the bone conducting tech for the earpiece coz the top bezel is so thin.. turns out there's a tiny speaker hole for the earpiece. Hopefully the size doesn't take toll on the quality it'll produce.. But man.. the mini.. 4.5" IGZO Full HD display. Dayyuum!

22. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Goodbye bezels :-)

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why can't we get these good japanease phones like SHARP IN THE U.S.? such lovely designs

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