Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sharp SH530U - 5-inch smartphone

We already too a look at Sharp's SH631. The other smartphone Sharp is offering looks more impressive, bit only initially. The Sharp SH530U is a dual SIM Android 4.0 powered 5-inch smartphone with 16 GB of user available internal storage and a MicroSD card slot.

But it has a lower resolution display than it sibling, the Sharp SH631. Instead of the the qHD (540 x 960) display on the SH631, the Sharp SH530U comes with a lower resolution WVGA display (480 x 800). The lower resolution is highlighted by the large 5-inch screen. To power the large screen, this phone comes with a large 1950 mAh battery.

Inside you have the same dual-core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, MTKMT6577 chipset and PowerVR SXG531T graphics as the Sharp SH631.

This phone also runs on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with a Sharp Feel UX UI. Like a Nexus phone is has soft keys on the display rather than dedicated buttons. However, it does not follow the standard Android 4 three key format, and instead displays four keys. The large 5-inch screen means a large 146.5 x 81 x 9.9 mm case which weighs in at a fairly hefty 168.8 grams. 

It is not much of a camera phone though, with a 5 MP shooter with a flash. Still, the 5 MP unit is an auto focus camera with face detection and geo tagging.

I think I prefer the Sharp SH631, but the Sharp's SH503U offers a larger display, dual SIM capability and more storage for a lower Php12,990 asking price. 


  1. This does not have a flash. Nor does it have a microSD slot according to some.

    1. Lemme contact a retailer who carries them to double check. Thanks.

  2. I bought this phone last Sunday at MemoXpress Megamall CyberZone for 11,280 under a 12 mos. Installment Plan as a remedial phone for my Sony Xperia V issued by SMART for my retention plan last March 15, 2013 whi.

    When I took the phone home and charged it while it was off and the screen was all black apart from the charging icon, I have noticed that there was a dead pixel. I went to the shop on the next day bu they said I cannot have the phone replaced unless it has been approved by management.

    Now I have 2 phones that are being repaired. Sucks to be me!


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