Tech buffs out there might remember that Sharp has been working on a new type of display for some time now. It’s called IGZO and we first heard of this technology before the 3rd generation iPad got launched. Back then, there have been rumors suggesting that Apple’s slate will take advantage of Sharp’s new IGZO display, but unfortunately it didn’t happen, as the technology was not yet ready.
Fast forward to CES 2013, when Sharp actually unveiled its IGZO displays. However, not many 2013 released tablets are featuring an IGZO screen, while smartphones with such a display technology do not exist yet. However, that’s all about to change as the tech has improved tremendously, just like Sharp’s capacity to make it available to manufacturers world-wide.
But, in the meantime, the company is planning to showcase the tech with the help of two new devices: a tablet dubbed the Aquos Pad, and a smartphone called Aquos Phone Serie mini. Join us after the break for details.
Meet the Aquos Pad SHT22 by Sharp
Japanese carrier KDDI has just posted two news releases, indicating that Sharp is planning on launching two brand new devices on the mobile operator’s network. As you might’ve guessed, one of these gadgets is a tablet, and the other one a smartphone.
Starting off with the tablet, the Aquos Pad SHT22 features a 7.0 inch IGZO display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200, a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, a 4080 mAh battery, a 13.1 MP camera complemented by a 2.1 MP secondary sensor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
We should also point out that Sharp and KDDI have strongly emphasized on the tablet camera capabilities, which is rather odd given the Pad’s dimensions. The slate’s sensor benefits from a so called “Bright lens” with an f/1.9 aperture, BrightEye image processing and features such as “NightCatch”, allowing the user to take better shots in low light conditions. The unit also takes advantage of “beauty zoom”, and is able to boot in only 0.4 seconds.
Meet the Aquos Phone Serie mini SHL24
As mentioned above, KDDI has also revealed that a new smartphone is also on its way, and interestingly enough, the gadget shares many similarities with its larger sibling, including the main camera’s characteristics. The 13.1 MP unit also takes advantage of NightCatch, Beauty Zoom, BrightEye and an aperture of f/1.9.
Aside from the above-mentioned features, the gadget packs a 4.5 inch IGZO display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 2120 mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
It’s also interesting to note that, apparently, users will be able to adjust the screen’s colors using HSV sliders (Hue, Saturation, Value).
EDGEST Design, IGZO Display Benefits and Availability
Lastly, we should also mention a few things about these gadgets’ design and looks, as both of them are waterproof (IP57 certified), and they both boast EDGEST design. What is EDGEST? Well, as you can see in the screenshots above, these two devices have a very thin bezel on three of their edges, with the bottom edge being the only one that protrudes out a bit more.
As for the benefits of IGZO, this type of display is said to be much more power efficient than the regular TFT LCD panels, and it’s also easier for the manufacturer to increase the pixel density (resolution) on an IGZO panel.
It all sounds rather impressive. Sadly, these two gadgets might be limited to a Japanese release via KDDI, and they may not see the light of day on the western markets. We’ll have to wait and see about that, but until then, KDDI expects to be able and retail the new Aquos series starting with late February