Japan-based electronic products manufacturer Sharp yesterday announced its latest smartphone called AQUOS Xx 304SH for the native market with the carrier partner for the newly launched device set to be SoftBank Mobile. As of now, there is no clue as to whether the device will be released outside Japan. But if it does, this particular device will most probably give companies like LG, Samsung and HTC a hard run for their money, as Sharp has offered a high-grade hardware to its latest AQUOS Xx 304SH.
The phone is pretty conspicuous in terms of specs and design. It comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080p) display that is well cramped into a compact body of the handset giving a screen-to-body ratio of 79%, meaning that the device comes with a very thin bezel, which is impressive.
Although it is not as thin as the latest offering from the Chinese smartphone makers like Gionee and Huawei, the AQUOS Xx 304SH does give you a solid metal-body with dimensions of 135x72x9mm and it's thus a bit heavy compared to other handsets weighing 137 grams. The handset also comes with dust and waterproof (IPX5/IPX7) capabilties.
In terms on internal hardware, Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset (MSM8974AB) finds its way into the device and is clocked at 2.3GHz coupled with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. If you are worried about the OS, Google's Android 4.4 KitKat comes out of the box.
Internal storage is seated at 32GB, but there's a microSD card slot as well that can give you an additional storage capacity of up to 128GB.
In terms of connectivity, Sharp has used Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G LTE, an IR blaster in its latest device, which is oddly named.
Imaging is premium in quality as the company's official site projects it. Sharp AQUOS 304SH has a 13MP camera rear camera with LED flash and a very wide, f/1.9 aperture. Also add a front-facing 2.1MP snapper for taking selfies and making video calls. The phone draws its energy from a 2,600mAh battery capacity.
In terms of pricing the company has not revealed it yet but availability is slated sometime later in May, but hold on, that's for the Japan market.