Sharp Corporation is proud to announce that five of its products have won a 2020 Red Dot Design Award. The five products are the AN-SX7A AQUOS Sound Partner wearable neck speakers, the SH-03M Kids Keitai mobile phone, and three smartphones—the AQUOS zero2, AQUOS sense3, and AQUOS sense3 plus.
Founded in 1955, the Red Dot Design Award has been one of the world's most prestigious design awards for 65 years. Sharp's five winners this year were in the Product Design category.
Following the spirit of its “Be Original” corporate motto*1, Sharp will continue to create people-oriented products.
*1 This motto declares Sharp's resolve to be a brand that shines on the global stage. While expressing the company's foundational business creed of “Sincerity and Creativity”, the motto spurs Sharp to keep creating original products for its valued customers.
Red Dot Design Award website https://www.red-dot.org/
Highlights of the Award-winning Products
AQUOS zero2 smartphone
Utilizing a light yet ultra-strong magnesium alloy frame, this model boasts a large 6.4-inch LCD screen yet weighs just 141 grams, the world's lightest*2. Users can also enjoy long hours of gaming.
In addition to its light weight, the phone's curved glass display utilizing organic EL and the rounded back panel combine to make it easy to hold. Besides a fingerprint sensor built into the screen, the zero2 has a gradation finish on the back panel that gives the round form a sophisticated yet simple design.
*2 For waterproof (IPX5 or higher) smartphones with 6-inch or larger screens and battery capacity of 3,000 mAh or higher (nominal value). As of April 2020 (based on Sharp survey).
See more: https://corporate.jp.sharp/news/190925-c.html (in Japanese only)
AQUOS sense3 smartphone
This smartphone has a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh, the largest ever*3 in an AQUOS phone, and uses a highly energy-efficient IGZO*4 LCD. These combine to give users one week*5 without charging. They also get more than 20 continuous hours*6 of video.
The unified construction of the phone's sides and back panel along with its aluminum body give it greater strength and a simple, polished design. As well, the design of the phone's sides is easy to wrap the fingers around and makes it easy to hold.
*3 The 4,000 mAh battery is installed in all 2019 AQUOS sense3 series smartphones.
*4 IGZO: An oxide semiconductor made from indium (In), gallium (Ga), zinc (Zn), and oxygen (O). It is an important material for the TFTs (thin-film transistors) that drive LCD and other displays.
*5 Based on actual measurements of using the phone according to a Sharp in-house standard assuming 1 hour of use a day, mainly phone calls and text messages, and 23 hours in standby mode (based on Sharp survey). The number of hours without charging may decrease depending on actual usage, such as gaming and watching videos.
*6 The number of hours for automatic playback of HD content saved on the phone beforehand and when connected to Wi-Fi (based on Sharp survey). Actual hours may vary depending on the type of content played back.
See more: https://corporate.jp.sharp/news/190925-b.html (in Japanese only)
AQUOS sense3 plus smartphone
Like the AQUOS sense3, this smartphone has a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh, the largest ever*3 in an AQUOS phone, and uses a highly energy-efficient IGZO*4 LCD. With powerful life-like sound from stereo speakers compatible with Dolby Atmos® surround sound technology, users can enjoy video and music like never before. The back panel frame is shaped to be easy to wrap the fingers around and makes the phone easy to hold.
• Dolby Atmos® is a trademark or registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories in the U.S. and other countries.
See more: https://corporate.jp.sharp/news/190925-a.html (in Japanese only)
SH-03M Kids Keitai mobile phone
This mobile phone is designed for long-term use by elementary school children.
Features to support a long life include a simple, round form that's comfortable to hold, a screen on which scratches are hard to see, and a screen design that can be changed as the user gets older. Sharp also added details to make a child's first encounter with the phone fun. The package design has the same characters that appear on the phone's screen. And when they unbox the product, they find cute illustrations in the user's guide.
See more: (in Japanese only)
AN-SX7A AQUOS Sound Partner wearable neck speakers
Worn around the neck, these speakers are equipped with a powerful, deep-bass-producing sound system. Users can experience high-quality audio thanks to playback performance that achieves a superb balance between the bass and the mid-to-high ranges, along with a life-like vibration effect. This speaker set is comfortable to wear even for long periods, such as when the user is relaxing on the sofa. The smart button design means users can operate the speakers without looking at them.
See more: https://corporate.jp.sharp/news/190227-a.html (in Japanese only)
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