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

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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]

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posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:06 8

1. Finest (Posts: 90; Member since: 16 Aug 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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:36 2

13. ˇಠ_ಠˇ (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Aug 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."

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:17

2. shy2papa (Posts: 336; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)

Sexy phone

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:20

3. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 151; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:23 2

4. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)

12.4??? next! haha!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:42 6

7. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 18:41

23. shuimaranaman (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Sep 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..

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:24 2

5. calim (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 16:24

20. vincelongman (Posts: 5082; Member since: 10 Feb 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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:24 4

6. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:04

8. t1gran (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 Sep 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)?

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:04 2

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:15

10. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:20 1

11. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:22

12. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 12:05

14. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 13:06

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...

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 13:50

16. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 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.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 13:50

17. anGel_pLayer (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Awww yisss... View as one page options is back...

Anyhow, those side bezels are awesome..

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 15:45 1

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 16:22

19. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 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.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 16:58 1

21. imMature (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Sep 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!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 17:54

22. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Goodbye bezels :-)

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 20:34 1

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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