Sharp Launches AQUOS SH930W Smartphone With1080p Full HD Display

By Anu Passary | Nov 30, 2012 09:41 AM EST

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The smartphone space looks like it will soon be inundated with a slew of 1080p display devices that will battle it out for consumer attention.  Per reports, Japan-based Sharp looks set to join the race as the company announced its AQUOS SH930W smartphone, which is set for a December release.

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Sharp took the wraps off the Android-powered smartphone with 1080p display in Hong Kong. The AQUOS SH930W was spotted recently in Russia as well.

A new trend for smartphones seems to be emerging with manufacturers taking the 1080p route for devices that are speculated to make an appearance in 2013. Taiwan-based HTC seems to have got the ball rolling when it recently released its J Butterfly for Japan, the world's first 1080p display smartphone which was followed by its international variant - the Droid DNA for U.S.  What's more, recent leaks also indicate that companies like Lenovo , Sony (Xperia Yuga and Xperia Odin), Samsung (Galaxy S4), and LG (F240) all have devices with 1080p displays on the cards.

The high-end AQUOS SH930W sports a 5-inch Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, like the Droid DNA. However, its pixel density of 443ppi is slightly better than the 440ppi of the Droid DNA. The Sharp smartphone features a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8260A Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB of on-board memory, and a 2100mAh battery. The smartphone will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Even though the Sharp AQUOS SH930W sounds good on paper, a major drawback of the high-end smartphone is its dual-core processor, especially when most competing devices feature a quad-core CPU. This factor could well be a deal breaker for potential buyers.

The AQUOS SH930W smartphone from Sharp will hit the shelves from December this year; however, the exact date is not yet known. Whether the smartphone will make its way to the U.S. market is also not known. The smartphone will retail for HK$ 4,488 (USD 579), which is cheaper than the Russian pricing of $789.

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