Sharp’s Aquos Phone SH930W has been expected to become available in Russia since November, a few days after it was officially announced. However, there was some delay and the phone did not go on sale on schedule for reasons that Sharp did not disclose.
Fortunately, those who have been wanting to get their hands on the phone in Russia may now purchase the smartphone as it has finally hit the market.
The 1080p smartphone, which is Sharp’s new flagship handset, will retail for RUB 21,900, or around US$715. As compared to the price of the SIM-Free HTC Droid DNA in the United States, this handset is much more expensive.
The Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W is packed with a 5-inch Sharp IGZO display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and a pixel density of 440 pixels per inch. This display is covered by Gorilla Glass 2 for protection. Inside, it comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage capacity, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960A processor running at the speed of 1.5GHz, and Adreno 225 graphics. It is worth noting that it does not have the option to expand the internal storage with a microSD card. Furthermore, the graphics might not be able to handle 3D games well, according to a benchmark test. Also onboard is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system which has some customizations by the phone maker, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front camera. The device draws its power from a 2,100 mAh battery.
Meanwhile, the same smartphone has been announced in Taiwan, as well. It is bound to go on sale in said market around the middle of this month. Softpedia reports that it will have a price of NT$15,900 or around US $547.
The Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W is but one of the several handsets with 1080p displays that have been making tech headlines lately. Among the others are the Oppo Find 5, the ZTE Nubia Z5, and the HTC J Butterfly or the Droid DNA.
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As you can imagine, 1080p displays seem to be the most sensible step in terms of advancing with technology in the mobile industry. HTC may currently be one of the only manufacturers that have an upcoming, listed handset touting a very high resolution, with both Samsung Electronics and LG looking to get in on this soon as well. What isn’t surprising, is that both Samsung Electronics and LG will be launching handsets with full HD AMOLED and LCD displays in the first half of next year. This could be a hint at full HD in Samsung’s flexible AMOLED displays that have — just recently — been pushed back to 2013. This is just speculation, but we were also expecting to see these flexible displays in the first half of 2013. That said, depending if Samsung’s 2013 window for launching these displays haven’t been pushed back as well, this could be a hint at flexible displays. That, or this news concerning the full HD displays could just be another confirmation of Samsung Electronics boosting their glass AMOLED display production.
With the boost in devices’ resolution also comes with a nice boost in ppi (if you didn’t know, ppi stands for pixels per inch, which is a measurement of the resolution for display screens). That said, we’ll be looking at a bit over 400ppi with these upcoming full HD handsets. As you can imagine, this is going to produce a stunningly beautiful display, which you might be able to gauge against Apple’s retina displays. Of course, at this point we are only able to speculate as to which devices from Samsung and LG will be the first to incorporate this type of display. This makes me wonder if the rumored Galaxy S IV will be touting one of these beautiful 1080p displays. Samsung’s rumored Galaxy S IV timeline is starting to make sense, if it should have an HD display. Rumors say that it’s set to release in March after the announcement at the Mobile World Congress.
Apple’s flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5, is very well known for how clear the images are on the device. It’s ppi (pixels per inch) is set at 326. That said, if Samsung and LG were able to increase their phones by a good 60 – 70 ppi, can you imagine how crisp and clear that would look compared to what the iPhone currently offers? You do have to admit that Apple is very good at providing some great displays, so if we gauge the 400 ppi against the 326 ppi iPhone, can you actually imagine how good that would look? I personally think that it may look even better than what the Retina displays currently offer, but we’ll just have to wait and see for official confirmation on that at the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
If Samsung and HTC release a full HD smartphone, do you think that it would look better than a Retina display based off of the ppi that it is offering? Will you be one of the people to jump on that bandwagon upon the launch date of these rumored handsets?
source: talk android