After shaking up the tech industry last year with the first almost bezel less (except at the bottom) phone, Sharp, the Japanese phone manufacturer, is already set to bring the next phone into its portfolio. Sharp just announced the Aquos Xx, a phone with no bezels on three of its sides.
The phone with looks amazing and boasts a pretty high end specifications to compete with the top-tier smartphones. The Sharp Aquos Xx packs a full-hd (1080*1920) 5.7 inch LTPS screen resulting in screen density of 386ppi. The LTPS screen panels are highly vivid and has great outdoor visibility.
Performance wise the phone packs Qualcomm’s tru-octa core 64-bit Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, Adreno 430 GPU which will be more than sufficient enough to handle all the high graphics game available in the market, and 32GB of on-board storage with the option to expand via micro-SD card . The battery is 3200 mAh non-removable and should provide plenty of on-screen time.
In the optics department, the phone packs a 13.1 megapixel rear facing camera and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera. In my opinion, the front facing camera is a downside, as we are now in mid-2015 and almost every phone packs at least a 5mp front facing camera. But the software does pack a great amount of customization. One of the rear camera’s ability is that it can record slow motion videos upto 2100 frames per second but only at FWVGA resolution. though the camera can only record upto 120fps, its the software that make it into 2100fps .
To make it even more compelling, Sharp has also put a lot of extra features in its new Aquos Xx. The phone is water and dust resistant (IP57-certified), and packs DTS-sound certified speakers. Sharp Aquos Xx is said to be running stock version of Android Lollipop 5.0 . I
The Sharp Aquos Xx is set to release on Japan’s Softbank. For now there is no word on pricing and release date.
I have the original of this phone and I hate it. It was poorly manufactured and bezel to bezel is frustrating. Every time y touch it the stupid thing beeps, multiple times and you find yourself butt dialing and accidentally opening apps constantly, even with it locked.
The phone definitely needed memory because even worth the SD CARD in the first one you couldn’t transfer anything to it. If you use Swype or any other app for faster typing you will find yourself running of the page and starting over many times.
My wife and I both have thus phone and hate it. We constantly have to uninstall apps to make room for new ones.
I give the original phone 2 out of 10.
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