Unlike many of its Android gems that have been kept within the country, it looks like Sharp will be bringing one of its Aquos phones to an international audience. The Aquos SH930W is a better variant (display-wise) of the Japan-only Xx 203SH and the SH-02E.
According to reports, the Sharp Aquos SH930W is heading to Russia on November 9. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on how much it will cost there.
The Aquos SH930W comes with a 5-inch Full HD display with 440ppi pixel density. You’re looking at possibly the sharpest display ever on a smartphone. Aside from the Retina-burning screen, the phone also benefits from the use of an IGZO panel, which draws less power than conventional display and offers greater image quality.
As for the rest of the known specs, the Aquos SH930W boasts a 1.5GHz Qualcomm 8260A dual-core processor, Adreno 225 GPU, microSD slot, 3G radio, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The fact that 4G LTE is missing doesn’t bode well for its U.S. future, but we don’t think it’ll be missed much by folks in other countries.
Considering that the phone doesn’t come with the fastest processor and GPU in town, the benchmark result was predictably so-so. The combo should be more than adequate for playing Full HD video, but don’t expect to do some serious 3D gaming at native resolution — if there's even one.
We’d love to see the Sharp Aquos SH930W being released in more countries, as it might help the flailing electronics giant regain some solid footing. The Japanese phone maker has to race against the clock if it doesn’t want to be usurped in the display race by the quad-core Oppo Finder 5.