Sharp Aquos Phone with IGZO display launched in Japan

While every major manufacturer is looking at Samsung’s AMOLED technology as their preferred display technology, Sharp is betting on IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology, which requires less backlight and has a higher translucency, which means a lower drain on the battery.

The company's latest smartphone, which will be launched on NTT DoCoMo in Japan, is the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E. It comes with a massive 4.9in display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution and a very thin bezel, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 320 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 ICS, a large capacity battery (>2,000 mAh), Xi LTE service, Wi-Fi, NFC, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing one, as well as compatibility with OneSeg terrestrial digital broadcasting and NOTTV.

The smartphone - which is also dustproof and waterproof - will land on NTT DoCoMo before the end of the year but is unlikely to ever find its way outside Japan.

Other than the Zeta SH-02E, NTT DoCoMo also launched 15 other devices including a rather interesting Fujitsu Arrows with a full HD 10.1in display and an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz.