Sharp's IGZO displays have been touted as the next big thing on the display front for a while now, and now Sharp has finally unveiled the first smartphone with an IGZO screen on board.
It's called the Aquos Phone serie Mini SHL24, and it delivers a full HD display on the smallest screen size on the market right now – just 4.5in.
That's not massively better than the likes of the HTC One's 4.7in full HD display, but there are other benefits too. For starters, the EDGEST design technology makes possible a very thin bezel on three of the four edges, while Sharp has also included HSV sliders for instant colour adjustments to the screen.
The rest of the specs are nothing to be sneezed at either, in fact Sharp is talking up the Serie Mini's camera capabilities more than its snazzy display.
It's got a 13.1MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture lens, BrightEye image processing and interesting-sounding features like NightCatch for improved low-light shooting and Beauty Zoom, which we can only guess the uses for. The camera is also reportedly able to get up and running in just 0.4sec.
That all sounds good on paper, though doesn't prove anything in reality of course. There's also a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor on board, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2.1MP secondary camera and a 2120mAh battery, which sounds stingy a bit stingy but then a low power draw is supposedly one of the key advantages of IGZO displays.
Sharp has also announced a 7in Aquos Pad SHT22 tablet boasting mostly the same features apart from a higher 1920 x 1200 resolution and a bigger 4080mAh battery.
Both run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and also boast IP57 weatherproofing to keep you protected against the elements. Sadly, both are also KDDI exclusives in Japan, but if Sharp wanted to give western markets a decent crack in 2014 it certainly has a couple of mobile devices on its hands that would attract a fair bit of attention.