Sharp is best known for its TV products rather than its mobile devices yet the company wants to change this by releasing the Aquos Mini SHL24 Android smartphone and the Aquos Pad SHT22 Android tablet. To differentiate its latest products from the rest of the mobile devices available in the market the company equips both models with an IGZO display. This type of display provides twice the resolution of regular LCDs and while being more energy efficient.
Aquos Mini SHL24
This smartphone has a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The IGZO technology used makes it possible for this device to have a 487 ppi which is definitely impressive. Inside the device is a very capable Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with a clock speed of 2.2GHz and is combined with 2GB of RAM for a smooth user experience. There is 16GB of onboard storage which can further be expanded by adding a 64GB microSD. There’s a 13MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture which is capable of taking great photos in low lighting conditions. A 1.3MP front camera is also included for making video calls. This device is also IPX57 certified which means that it is waterproofed. This device will be running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean straight out of the box.
Sharp will be releasing this device this coming spring in the Japanese market at a still to be announced price. There is still no information if it will be released internationally.
Aquos Pad SHT22
This tablet has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The device makes use of the company’s EDGEST design which makes it very light and thin. It has an extremely thin bezel with the display occupying almost the entire front area. It has similar specs to the Aquos Mini SHL24. It uses the same Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with a clock speed of 2.2GHz, has 2 GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of onboard storage space. The storage space can further be expanded using a microSD (up to 64GB). This device also has a 13MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and an improved 2.1MP front camera. This device packs a 4,080mAh battery and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean straight out of the box.
Sharp has not released any information as to when this device will be released or how much it is going to cost.