• Technology: IGZO
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Touch sensor: Digitizer
  • Size: 4.9 inches
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 px

Rear camera

  • Photo: 16.3 MP
  • Video: FHD
  • Image Stabilisation: Optical
  • Aperture: n/a
  • Wide-angle: no

Front camera

  • Photo: 1.2 MP
  • Video:
  • Image Stabilisation: None
  • Aperture: n/a
  • Wide-angle: no

Operating system

  • OS: Android
  • Release: 4.1
  • Latest: —

Processor & memory

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064)
  • Cores: 4 x 1.5 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • ROM: 32 GB
  • microSD: 64 GB


  • Waterproof: IPX5/IPX7
  • Dustproof: IP5X
  • Shockproof: no

The Aquos Phone Xx 203SH is the flagship of the Winter 2012/2013 collection and wields some impressive features:

The 4.9 inch HD display is on the verge of the psychological boundary of excess, but Sharp are advertising it as "Large screen yet easy to hold; thin bezel ensures that it still fits in the palm of your hand". The display is built using Sharp's latest advance in energy efficient display technology – IGZO LCD*.

This monster of a phone is driven by a quad-core 1.5 Ghz processor, the APQ8064 Krait by Qualcomm, aided by 2 GB of RAM, and supports SoftBank's 4G network capable of reaching 76 mbps download speeds.

On the 203SH we also find a 16.3 megapixel camera for which Sharp have used a CMOS sensor with back-illumination, a ProPix image processing engine, and an improved optical stabilisation mechanism ("triple anti-shake") that can also be voice-activated in order to avoid any human-induced shaking.

The Aquos Phone Xx 203SH runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and naturally features the new Feel UX user interface. The video-watching user experience is enriched by the Dolby Mobile v3 system.

Also featured are dual-band 5 GHz / 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity, waterproof (IPX5/IPX7) and dust-proof (IP5X), Bluetooth 4.0, infrared, OneSeg, Felica mobile wallet + NFC, and – guaranteeing two days of use on a single charge thanks to the IGZO dsiaply tech, is the high-capacity 2200 mAh battery.

Supported radio frequencies include:

W-CDMA: 900 MHz / 1.5 GHz / 2.1 GHz
AXGP: 2.5 GHz
GSM: 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz.

The Sharp Aqquos Phone Xx 203SH weighs 146 grams and measures 69 x 137 x  10.9 mm excluding protrusions.

* Initially, the 203SH was announced as having an S-CG silicon LCD display but this appears to have changed, some two months later.

Date added/updated: 4 March 2014 – 01:28

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