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

by: Mark WilsonJanuary 23, 2014

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.

Like the sound of these new Androids? Check them out in the video below

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.

  • Rushan

    Nice UI

  • Kassim

    I. Want. That. Phone.

    • Jesus

      That’s a phone?

      • Brandon Miranda

        It is and a sexy looking one at it.

        • Jesus

          sexy? mmm… it’s kind of a square lol. A square phone. Sexy? not in my world.

          • Brandon Miranda

            Eh, I like it. The slim bezzels are amazing but yes. It is a square none the less.

      • Kassim

        Did you by any chance actually read the article at all before making that comment, Jesus?

        Did the words “Aquos Phone Mini” or “4.5 inch screen” mean anything to you?

        Did you notice that there’s two separate devices detailed in the article (and it’s title) and two devices shown in the video?

        If not, I apologise…

        • Jesus


  • MasterMuffin

    That’s one sexy phone. Step aside G2!

    • Jayfeather787

      Hope it has Snapdragon 805 or Tegra K1/Tegra 4.

      • MasterMuffin

        Also that screen: 1080p at 4.5″, that’s 490PPI!

        • Jayfeather787


          • Brandon Miranda


  • Tjaldid

    they should put speakers on each side to even out the bezel

  • Jayfeather787

    Must have an excellent display. Sharp has some excellent stuff.

  • Winston Purnomo

    4.5″ FHD!

  • (preparing for attack by people who don’t agree)

    I personally like the whole “bezel” thing. You need somewhere to rest your hands, right? With edge-to-edge devices, that’s practically impossible. Now, on a *laptop* it’d be a whole new awesome thing..

    • Jaun Lombard

      I agree…No bezel on a phone and some bezel on a tablet!

  • kissmyass69

    That is one good looking tablet. If it would rock Windows 8.1 I would buy it in a heartbeat!

    • Shark Bait

      i amazed this didnt start a fan boy war!

      • Jesus

        lol a fanboy war?? Where are the fans??

        Let me remind you, this is a Sharp phone.

    • wtf


  • namesib

    Space for hardware buttons. The screen is wasted with that virtual crap.

    Anyway, landscape activities will be a pain… Terrible ergonomic design. Even in the video thumbnail it is obvious that holding a tablet with one hand is straining and unsafe. Nowhere to rest her left hand, however, so she’s screwed. This bezeless device dream is folly.

    • papadonia

      Asymmetric bezel. Not good for landscape.

      • Clarence Alvarado

        I now found out the reason of big bezels in Xperia Z Ultra.

  • RanRu

    Am I the only one who thinks both of those loon absurdly uncomfortable?

    And square?

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Nope. Me too.
      The phone looks extra uncomfortable though. Having such thin side bezels are great, but I think it’s better to even out the top and bottom bezels. They want to create an illusion of having an “edgest” phone by pushing the display all the way up, leaving a large chunck at the bottom. The placement of the front camera and sensor is pretty weird and uncool. It doesn’t look like a phone you can play intensive games on comfortably either (because it’s too uneven)
      But on the bright side, the phone is quite conpact and the display is insane, even beating the HTC One now in term of ppi

  • Roberto Tomás

    many, if not most 7 inch tablets already have super small bezels. this isn’t news.

    • MasterMuffin

      Uhmm no?

  • Alexander

    If it was 8-9 inches and possible to flash vanilla kitkat I would buy it for sure.

  • Jesus

    “Push the limits of thin bezels”??? REALLY?

    Look at the LG G2 and come back lol

    • Jaun Lombard

      Top bezel…

  • Brandon Miranda

    I like have plenty of bezel on the top and bottom for landscape. I think this is counterintuitive