While the Fall 2012 lineup of flagship Android smartphones mostly uses displays that measure 4.7 inches across the diagonal, it looks like 2013 will bring us an avalanche of Android smartphones with a 5 inch display.
How about this for a mind-boggling statement – one of the world’s first ever 1080p smartphones doesn’t impress, being more of a mid-ranger in most aspects than a top tier device?
Microsoft is licensing out exFAT to device manufacturers. This means we might see better storage systems on smartphones and tablets in the near future.
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, as it packs a a 5-inch Full HD display with 440ppi pixel density.
After unveiling the world’s first ever smartphone sporting an IGZO panel last week, Sharp continues its mission to make the new technology popular by introducing the first tablet with such a display. The Aquos Pad SHT21 is the name of the 7-inch tab scheduled to get a Japanese launch on KDDI sometime in mid-December, and, while it will probably never get out of Asia, we can’t stop drooling over it.
The first ever gadget to actually sport an IGZO display is a much less glamorous one than we’d have expected, although it’s still worth a quick look. The Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E has just been unveiled by NTT DoCoMo as part of the Japanese carrier’s fall line-up of smartphones, and, aside from the high-res low power screen, it also holds other aces up its sleeve.
With no immediate sign of Sharp making its Android phone available outside Japan, it seems we’re going to miss the boat once again with the company’s latest and most powerful handset to date, the Aquos Xx 203SH, which Japanese carrier Softbank Mobile is planning to release in Q1 2013.
Japanese operator Softbank has unveiled an Android 4.0 smartphone that’s designed for those who have an unhealthy obsession with the Disney characters Micky Mouse and Mini Mouse. The device, built by Sharp, is a beast. It has a 4.5 inch 720p display, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, which we’re going to assume is the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, a 13 megapixel camera, and 8 GB of built-in storage that can be expanded via the use of a memory card.
When it comes to display technology, Sharp is clearly one of the leading innovators in the field. The company has now announced that they have begun full-scale production of a new 5-inch 1080p display, featuring an impressive pixel density of 443ppi. Sharp’s latest screen is about 1.3 times denser than their existing 4.3-inch 720p display. The new display’s ppi is a major achievement and has overtaken 340PPI as the highest density offered by a smartphone display.
Innovation is a tough thing. In the electronics market, it’s pretty unforgiving if you can’t do it. Just ask Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp, once kings of the U.S and Japanese markets. But today, things are different as Apple and Samsung continue to undercut each other in the court and the showroom.