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July 9, 2013

Sharp Aquos Phone SHL22 Detailed

Sharp has it all figured out. A high-resolution sensor with mediocre optics would be gimmicky at best. With its new Aquos Phone SHL22, its designers focused (mind the pun) on backing a 13-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with optics worthy of it, without necessarily making the phone look out of shape.

Aquos Phone SHL22 is roughly the length and breadth of most 5-inchers, if not much thicker, at 9.9 mm. It's not just the lens that add to its thickness, it's also a gargantuan battery, but more on that later. The SHL22 features a 4.9-inch display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution, based on Sharp's very own IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) panel technology. Its primary camera features a 13-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor backed by an f/1.9 lens. There's no front-camera on offer.

Under the hood, the SHL22 is driven by a Snapdragon 600 SoC, backed by 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage (by up to 64 GB), a 4G LTE-capable soft-modem, and Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system.

Now, about that device thickening battery we talked about, Sharp appears to have learned from other companies' 5-inchers on how even 2,000 to 2,600 mAh batteries can run dry soon on a typical urban day that involves lots of collaboration, and long commutes. The latter is especially true for Japanese mega-cities like Tokyo. Hence, Sharp deployed a zesty 3,080 mAh battery.

The Aquos SHL22 makes its debut in Japan, where carrier KDDI plans to launch it first.