By Stephen Schenck | January 22, 2014 2:44 PM
It has been a long, long time since we talked about a smartphone from Sharp, and the last time we checked in on some of the company’s new devices – all the way back in November 2012 – we weren’t exactly blown away by the spread. However, it seems that Sharp has learned a thing or two in the many months since, and today we’re hearing about the launch of a new phone a new tablet in Japan, both of which look pretty attractive.
First up we have the Aquos mini SHL24, running a Snapdragon 800, and featuring 16GB storage (with microSD expansion), 2GB RAM, a 2120mAh battery, and a big 13-megapixel main camera. But it’s the phone’s display that has us most captivated, a 4.5-inch 1080p IGZO component that has a pixel density pushing 490ppi, well above the 440 of 5-inch 1080p screens. We’re also a bit taken with the extremely narrow bezels going on here – at least, on every edge but the bottom. This is part of a new “EDGEST” design language Sharp is pushing with its hardware.
The Aquos Pad SHT22 sees some of that same super thin bezel action, this time with a seven-inch 1080p screen. The tablet enjoys the same 13MP camera, 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, and Snapdragon 800 SoC as the SHL24′s equipped with, but moves up to a 4080mAh battery.
As if this wasn’t enough, both models offer IP 57 waterproofing. We don’t have pricing info on either, nor do we know if there are any plans for these guys outside Japan, but darn it if we aren’t intrigued by the possibility.