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Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta is the world’s first smartphone with an IGZO display

No it's not a Sesame Street character, IGZO stands for indium gallium zinc oxide and it's built into the Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta

You mobile’s display, when playing Bad Piggies or watching HD videos, is really quite important. That’s probably why Sharp is upping the stakes with the first smartphone to feature IGZO technology in the Aquos Phone Zeta.

IGZO, an acronym for indium gallium zinc oxide and not the name of one of Big Bird’s friends, promises higher translucence. That means the phone doesn’t need to use as much battery power for backlighting.

The Aquos Phone Zeta boasts a sizable 4.9in version of the IGZO display with an HD screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It also comes with a 16MP front-facing camera, 1.2MP rear-facer, and a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. There’s also Wi-Fi tethering, Adreno 320 graphics, NFC and LTE. In short, it’s really quite the performer on paper.

Sources say the Aquos Phone Zeta will ship with Android 4.0 and not Jelly Bean, putting it a little behind the Google mobile operating system times. Still, an update is likely on its way, no that we’ll be seeing this red IGZO-infused powerhouse in the UK anytime soon.

[NTT DoCoMo via Engadget]

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