Sharp Announces 1080p Android Aquos Phone SH930W, Though Benchmarks Have Us Worried
HTC may be the company to first introduce us to 1080p screens on smartphones, with its J Butterfly apparently getting ready for a US release as the Droid DNA on Verizon, but you had better believe that HTC won’t be the only smartphone manufacturer looking to get some attention for super-high-res handsets. We’ve just learned that Sharp is announcing a 1080p model of its own, upon news of the Aquos Phone SH930W preparing to launch in Russia.
We’ve been talking a lot about the perils of 1080p, not the least of which would be the effect that having to draw all those pixels – well over twice as many as on a 720p screen – would have on phone performance. If the early benchmark data we’re seeing for the SH930W is accurate, this handset could become 1080p’s first cautionary tale.
While HTC is working with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, Sharp has stuck with a dual-core S4. As a result, the SH930W delivers benchmark results with frame rates well below 15fps. You can probably chalk a lot of that up to the Adreno 225, compared to the 320 in the S4 Pro.
Maybe you can blame some of that on a lack of optimization, but it’s still not leaving us very optimistic about the Aquos Phone SH930W’s performance.