Sharp surprised everyone when they launched their Sharp Aquos Crystal handset back in August 2014. That device had no bezels on the sides or on the top, but had a rather sizeable chin below the display. This was something new and innovative by Sharp, well, in a way, and many people liked this handset, not to mention it wasn't that expensive either. Sharp also released a somewhat better-specced Aquos Crystal X handset in December, as a follow-up to the Aquos Crystal. That being said, the company has also released the mini version of those handsets last week in collaboration with KDDI mobile carrier in Japan, the Aquos Crystal Serie Mini SHV31. Now we finally have some information about the availability of this device.
The device will go on sale in Japan on January 29, next week that is. This handset features a 4.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) IGZO display along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. This handset is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz which ships with an Adreno 330 GPU for graphics. 13-megapixel snapper is located on the back of this device and the handset ships with a 2,120mAh battery. The aforementioned camera packs in a CMOS sensor which offers a f/1.9 aperture and can record videos at 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160). Android 4.4 KitKat comes pre-installed on the Aquos Serie Mini SHV31 and the device supports VoLTE and is only 6.3mm thick.
That's it folks, don't expect this handset to reach Europe or U.S. anytime soon though considering it was launched in collaboration with a Japanese carrier, I doubt Sharp has any plans for launching this outside of Japan in the near future. This is just my guess though, who knows, perhaps this Japan-based company surprises all of us and starts offering this handset outside of Asia. Speaking of which, would you be interested in purchasing this thing if it comes to your market? Are you at all interested in Sharp's latest Aquos smartphones, or does that chin below the display bothers you like some people I know? Let us know what you think in the comments.