Sharp Launches Aquos Phone, SH530U and SH631W, Hands-on

Sharp, the Japanese company responsible for producing displays for smartphones globally, recently launched a trio of Android smartphones locally, namely the SH530U, the SH631W, and what could be considered their flagship device, the Aquos Phone SH930W. This marks the serious entrance of the display and appliances maker into the smartphone foray.

Sharp SH530U - Dual SIM smartphone

The Sharp SH530U is Sharp's first entry to the market, sporting a 5-inch WVGA display at 480x800 resolution, a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor,  a 5-megapixel camera, 3G connection, and dual-SIM capabilities. It also is just 9.9mm thick—not as slim as ZTE Grand S—giving it that solid but comfortable feel.

sharp sh530U front

The SH530U also features Sharp's unique FeelUX, one wonderful UI that would help give you a smoother navigational experience experience with the device.

sharp sh530U back

The Sharp SH530U is already out at the market and has an SRP of P12,990.

Sharp SH631W - Fantastic display

The Sharp SH631W is a 4.5-inch Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich device that sports a qHD resolution with the 2.5D curved glass display feature, a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, and an 8MP camera. Although the stuff powering this device are not that stellar, you might mistake the display for something more expensive.

sharp sh631w front

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The Sharp SH631W is now out at the market and is selling for P14,990.

Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W - World's first 5-inch Full HD smartphone

Sharp's Aquos Phone SH930W launched mid-December last year in Japan, a good period before CES 2013 (where most manufacturers announced full HD devices). It's a 5-inch Full HD 4.1.1 Jelly Bean device that has 32GB in internal storage upfront, an 8-megapixel camera, and SRS sound effects. And considering the device's resolution (1920x1080, 443 ppi), the screen will definitely blow you away. I wish I was even kidding.

sharp aquos phone sh930w front

To put things in perspective, here's the resolutions of the currently top Android smartphones (including recently announced devices at CES 2013):
  • Samsung Galaxy S3: 1280x720
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2: 1280x720
  • HTC One X: 1280x720
  • Huawei Ascend D2: 1920x1080
  • HTC Droid DNA: 1920x1080
  • Lenovo IdeaPhonee K900: 1920x1080
  • ZTE Grand S: 1920x1080, 441 ppi
  • Sony Xperia Z: 1920x1080, 443 ppi
As you can see, there currently aren't much devices that can go toe-to-toe with the Sharp Aquos SH930W  in the display category, except the HTC Droid DNA. In a few months maybe, but by that time this company could be releasing something higher.

The very very very slight downside with the Aquos Phone SH930W is its specs. Considering that it's supposed to be the flagship of the company, it seems that they've scaled it down to sell at a lower price point. Instead of quad-core, the Aquos comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor (the same processor used by the Nokia Lumia 920, the US version of the HTC One X, and the Sony Xperia T), and a curious 2,100mAh battery (we've seen 2300+mAhs run 5-inch devices, but we should be expecting more from Sharp).

sharp aquos phone sh930w back

The device's build is definitely superb. At 9.1mm it feels solid on the hand. Not too bulky, grip is excellent, and aesthetics (i.e. button positioning, camera location) are great. I'd definitely love to do a number on this smartphone.

The Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W just launched yesterday locally and has an SRP of P19,990.

What's noticeably missing from the Sharp mobile devices launched here in the Philippines is the SH837W, Sharp's 4.7-inch Android. Maybe we'll hear about it soon.

Oh, and lastly Sharp, drop the confusing number names. SH930W and SH530U sound like batch numbers or car number plates. It just doesn't click. Just name them something, like Sharp Nebula. Sounds better.

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  1. Kahit may FHD display yung Aquos parang namamahalan padin ako. I think that should be priced at 15k, then again Sharp is a foreign company kaya mahal.

  2. the aquos screen reminds me of nokia lumias... regardless ill look forward to your review of these phones..

  3. I have been using SH631W for more than a month now and so far, ok naman. complain ko lang ang bilis madeplete ang battery. its a 4.5 inch screen phone with just 1650 battery..a downside.


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