Hate Bezels? Then You’ll Love the Sharp AQUOS 304SH; Too Bad It’s Japan Only

April 24, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Here at Android Headlines, we like to focus on smartphones not just from the US, as even though we might not be able to get our hands them easily, it’s nice to just love technology and oggle over something unobtainable. For a long time, it was the West that had the best smartphones to offer, now that seems to be shifting as the US carriers continue to be stubborn and unbending, making it difficult for newcomers to enter the market and have a fair shot at competing against industry stalwarts like Samsung and Apple. In Asia however, there’s a much broader choice and in Japan, specifically, great smartphones have been launching ever year and Sharp’s latest is definitely one for those bezel haters out there.

The Sharp 304SH features a 5.2-inch 1080p display and 79% of the body is taken up by this screen. As you can see, there’s very little bezel towards either side of the device and as a nice design feature, the front-facing camera and branding have been moved to the bottom of the display. On the inside, the 304SH has all it takes to create a quality smartphone in today’s market as well, with a Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 Ghz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (with room for more), an IR blaster, NFC, and WiFI ac. Sure, this isn’t the Snapdragon 801 that’s in the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), but they’re very similar processors and there’s little that will slow the 304SH down.

As an added bonus, the 304SH is even waterproof and dustproof and better yet, you can even watch TV on the thing. Of course, we won’t be doing any of that as the device is only available in Japan, which is a real shame. Considering that Sharp is making good money on their smartphones in Japan and American carriers probably wouldn’t take kindly to Sharp moving in, we expect this is to be the case for a long time to come with phones from Sharp, if not indefinitely.