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?

Sounds crazy, eh? Still, that’s more or less what the folks over at Russian website Mobile-review had to say about the Sharp Aquos SH930W after taking it for a quick spin. And seeing as they’re the first and only ones so far to have reviewed the 5-incher, we have every reason to trust them.

But what made the reviewers call this seemingly splendid gadget a “middle segment” smartphone? For starters, the lack of balance between hardware and display technology. While the screen itself is undoubtedly beautiful, being of the IGZO variation and boasting 440 pixels per inch, the somewhat aging dual-core S3 CPU holds it back a little.

Now don’t get us wrong, the 1.5 GHz processor can be fairly snappy when dealing with “mundane” tasks, but under the pressures of full HD video clips and (some) 3D games it huffs and puffs and most of the times cracks.

The 2 GB of RAM does little to help the “engine” perform, though it’s not all doom and gloom for Sharp. Battery life is where the SH930W shines, despite the capacity clocking in at a modest 2,100 mAh. The IGZO screen seems to save up a lot of juice, but the processor’s laziness is a determining factor for the phone’s high autonomy, too.

Mobile-review had some fine words to say about the 5-incher’s 8 MP rear-facing camera as well, while the on-board Android 4.1 looked very pure, and that’s always a good thing. Too bad Sharp is planning to put an “exclusive” Feel UX on top of JB before launch, which might taint the software experience.

All in all, the Sharp Aquos SH930W is definitely not a pushover, but is far from groundbreaking. Its $695 price in Russia might help it in its struggle against other high-end devices, though with HTC’s Deluxe ready for the international stage it might already be game over for Sharp – even in Europe.

Be sure to check out the phone’s full review here and let us know if you’d ever consider getting the phone. In Mother Russia or anywhere.