NTT DoCoMo, the Japan-based wireless carrier, has officially revealed the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E. Created by Sharp, the phone is said to be the first in the world to come with the new IGZO display.
IGZO stands for indium gallium zinc oxide. It refers to a kind of display that has a low level of translucency as compared to the LCD screens commonly found today. Due to the low translucency, the display needs less backlighting from LEDs to produce vibrant images on its display. Hence, it is able to consume less battery. Apart from this, the IGZO display has a high level of responsiveness, making it suitable for receiving handwritten or drawing input.
The smartphone is packed with a 4.9-inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. Underneath, the device runs on a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor and comes with 2GB RAM. It offers a main camera with a 16-megapixel image sensor and optical and electronic stabilization as well as a front camera with a 1.2-megapixel image sensor. The storage size of the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E is 32GB while its battery has a capacity of 2320 mAh. In the connectivity department, this smartphone supports Near Field Communication and 100mbps LTE connectivity. Unfortunately, however, for those who are expecting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, this device only has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The handset is part of NTT DoCoMo’s winter products, which are scheduled to hit the market around November or December. At this point, there is no word on whether or not the device will be made available outside of Japan. It is expected, however, that the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E will be exclusive to said market.
Meanwhile, Sharp has also recently revealed the first tablet to be packed with an IGZO display. Named the Aquos Pad SHT21, it boasts of a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 CPU, a 1280×800 pixel display resolution, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Other features include pen input, 4G LTE support, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.