Sharp - AQUOS Xx 304SH - Android 4.4 5.2inch full HD IGZO smartphone

Sharp unveiled the new - AQUOS Xx 304SH - Android 4.4 smartphone with 5.2-inch full HD IGZO panel, and it is due to be released by SoftBank in late May.

Also, they announced that the name of their smartphone brand will be changed from the current "AQUOS PHONE" to the new "AQUOS".

AQUOS Xx 304SH features Sharp's narrow frame design call EDGEST. Thanks to the newly developed backlight PureLED and the high transmission color filter, it is able to run for 3 days although it produces brighter and greater colors than previous models.

The effective 13.1M pixel camera has a Framing Adviser function that gives you shooting advice depending on the shooting situation and a Real-Time HDR function that protects your shooting from being blurred even against the sun. There are also the Kensaku Finder (Kensaku means Search) that researches word meanings by taking a photo of the word you want to know, and the Honyaku Finder (Honyaku means Translate) to translate English text into Japanese just by holding the smartphone over the text.

  • Size: 135x72x9mm
  • Weight: 137g
  • Color: Precious Gold, White, Black, Red
     
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