Sharp’s new AQUOS Pad and AQUOS Phone Mini push the limits of thin bezels

January 23, 2014
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sharp AQUOS PAD SHT22 (2) Gizmodo Japan

With phones and tablets, it’s all about the screen. Hold your Android device in your hand, and it’s the display you want to see, not the case. This is something Sharp is all too aware of, and the latest Japanese releases from the company feature razor-thin bezel that ensure that the front of the device is about pixels and not plastic.

Both the AQUOS Pad and AQUOS Phone Mini squeeze as much screen as possible into the available space feature what Sharp is calling the EDGEST design. They’re not quite an edge-to-edge displays, but they’re heading that way.

The AQUOS Phone Mini packs a 4.5 inch screen boasting a 1920 × 1080 resolution and weighs in at just 115g. There’s no word on the processor to be found inside the case, but the phone packs a 13.1MP camera, 16GB of storage and 2GB RAM.

 sharp aquous phone mini Gizmodo Japan

The AQUOS Pad (pictured above) features a similarly diminutive bezel, with 7-inch tablet’s narrow frame giving way to a full HD display. The device is just 10.8mm at its thickest point, and the 4,080 mAh battery offers users the chance to step away from the power for extended periods.

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Neither of these devices are likely to make their way out of Japan, but they might inspire a new generation of phones and tablets unspoiled by a chunky borders.

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