Sharp Aquos Zero uses an in-house developed curved OLED with a huge notch

Sharp’s latest smartphone was unveiled in Japan today. It’s the Aquos Zero, which features the company’s first OLED panel designed and manufactured in-house.

It’s a curved 6.2-inch 1440×2992 screen with support for the DCI-P3 color space and Dolby Vision, and as you can see it comes with a huge notch. Not just that, but the parts of the top bezel that are to the left and right of it are pretty substantial too, at least by the usual notched smartphone standards.

Oh, and there’s also a chin. Anyway, enough about that. Thanks to its magnesium frame and aramid fiber back it weighs just 146g, and Sharp is clearly proud of this achievement, boasting about how this is one of the lightest flagships around. By the way, for reference, note that Kevlar is a type of aramid fiber although Sharp doesn’t mention that brand anywhere in its marketing materials so we’re assuming it didn’t pay DuPont the associated licensing fees.

The Aquos Zero is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset (what else?), paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS storage. Its battery has 3,130 mAh capacity and the phone runs Android 9 Pie. Its dimensions are 154 x 73 x 8.8 mm.

The single rear camera has 22.6 MP resolution and f/1.9 aperture, while the selfie cam is an 8 MP unit. The Aquos Zero is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. A fingerprint scanner is on the back of the handset, and it also has a face unlock system. Stereo speakers are in too, with Dolby Atmos technology.

The Sharp Aquos Zero will be available in Japan by the end of the year. There’s no telling if it will be offered elsewhere at any point – but since the company now has a presence in Europe, maybe we’ll see it there in the future.


LG Could Unveil New Curved Phone in November

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Just weeks after the announcement of the first curved smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Round, images of a second curved phone have emerged.

South Korean LCD display maker LG Display announced recently it would start mass-producing flexible OLED screens for smartphones. The organic LED display screen technology is used in computer monitors, PDFs, handheld games and other devices.

In a recent prepared statement issued in an official company release, Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer explains:

LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology. The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices.

New LG Curved Phone Could Be More Accessible

For small businesses and mobile entrepreneurs this could mean a more accessible phone.

Images of a yet-to-be-announced LG phone published by Engadget (pictured above) show a completely different curve. That’s top to bottom instead of along the access like the Samsung phone.

But more importantly, mass production of the device probably means a lower price and greater availability.

The Samsung phone, while unique, is priced at around $1000 and currently only available in South Korea.

Pricing, availability and more detailed specs will likely not be available until sometime next month, Engadget reports.

The new curved display is also said to be “bendable and unbreakable” which, if true, might also make the device a good value for the on-the-go entrepreneur.

Image: Engadget


A $1 Billion Twitter IPO, a $1,000 Curved Samsung Phone and More

There’s so much to follow and so little time. Thanks to the Web, you can keep yourself more informed on the latest developments than entrepreneurs at any other time. But, of course, running your business takes time too. That’s why the Small Business Trends editorial team works so hard to bring you the news you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

A $1 Billion IPO and a $1,000 Curved Samsung Phone

Twitter seeks $1 billion. The microblogging platform already crucial to many entrepreneurs and thought leaders now wants to go public. And the amount of money they are planning to raise may seem high for a company that still isn’t profitable.

Samsung releases first curved smartphone. It may cost $1,000, but no one can deny Samsung’s new Galaxy Round is unique. The curved Samsung phone is an innovation others will follow. And it is a marketing master stroke demonstrating the importance of being different.

More Mobile News

No iPad 2 for the holidays? Looks like that may be the case. But expect announcements coming from a big Apple event scheduled for Oct. 22 to clarify things. Would an iPad Mini be your choice for a business tablet?

Amazon smartphones could be coming. At least, that’s the case if you believe all the buzz. Certainly, the company has built its own tablets. The question is whether these phones will be largely consumer products, just a curiosity or a good tool for your business.

Windows could soon run on your Android HTC phone. Microsoft is apparently trying to convince the phone manufacturer to add Windows Phone as a second option on some of its Android devices including the HTC One.

Microsoft plans Office for iPad. Of course, iPad users already have access to Office Web Apps. (See the video we’ve shared for more details.) And Office 365 subscribers can use an Office Mobile app for iPhone. But the new Office for iPad would be something different.

News From The Web

Docstoc updates with a new look and more. Some might describe the look and feel of the new Docstoc as “Pinteresty.” But Small Business Trends founder and CEO Anita Campbell explains that’s not the only change to this small business resource site.

This new policy may save Etsy. The craft site has been at the center of a controversy lately. So-called resellers allegedly use loopholes in the company’s rules to market mass produced items, an Etsy no-no.

Adobe discovers hack. When you’re the victim of a cyber attack, it’s not just your own business that can become a victim. A recently discovered cyber attack at Adobe may have exposed the personal data of nearly 3 million customers.

Ecommerce Innovations

Let visitors log into your website with Amazon. The ecommerce giant has introduced a new program called Amazon Log In and Pay. And there are advantages for small business users who already sell merchandise from their websites. We’ve got more info.

PayPal acquires online payment developer Braintree. There’s big competition in the online payment field. It’s an important issue to small businesses in need of a way for customers to make payments. And PayPal is trying to remain in the forefront.

Public Policy

Boehner faces hard decisions on business. What is a Speaker of the House to do? Speaker John Boehner faces an agonizing decision on the Affordable Care Act impasse. And for a champion of small business, there may not be a good one, says commentator Scott Shane.

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And the winners are! Meet the top 100 champions in this year’s Small Business Influencers Awards. The gala event in New York City is coming up Oct. 17. Check the above link for more details.

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New Curved Phone Over $1,000 Announced by Samsung

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Samsung has thrown the smartphone buying public a curve. Cost conscious entrepreneurs won’t be picking this phone, costing over $1,000 and not available outside South Korea. But perhaps it will teach us all something about innovation. The aptly named new Samsung Galaxy Round has a 5.7-inch display with 1080 pixel resolution, the same as the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note.

But there are two very big differences that set it apart. The phone’s defining design feature is a curve along the screen’s vertical axis.

It’s purpose is to allow users to check things like time, date, missed calls and battery life when the screen is off simply by gently tipping the phone when it is sitting on a flat surface. The video below demonstrates:

Then there’s the other defining feature: The price. Did we mention it costs about $1,000?

Other aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Round seem similar to other recent Samsung products. There’s a 13 megapixel camera on the back. There’s also a two megapixel camera on the front for video chat.

The camera will be available in a 32 GB and 64 GB version, TechCrunch reports and will come in “Luxury Brown” with other colors on the way.

With a huge price tag and limited availability, this will probably not be the choice for a mobile small business owner trying to trim the budget. But competitors are already gearing up to take their own stab at a curved phone.

The design may be the wave of the future and also a great lesson in marketing for entrepreneurs of all sizes.

No matter how many Samsung Galaxy Round phones are sold, who will ever forget a $1,000 curved smartphone — or the company that made it?