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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.

(opens in new tab)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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.