Sharp, which launched its first slim bezel phone way back in 2014, is once again back in the game with its latest offering – Aquos S2. The near bezel-less phone was launched earlier today at an event in China and packs a 5.5-inch display with an impressive 84.95% screen-to-body ratio.
Sharp used FFD(Free Form Display) technology to make a small hole with precision for both receiver and selfie camera, to achieve such tiny bezels. It comes with a home button embedded fingerprint sensor which stands at 3.6mm in size. It is also the world’s smallest fingerprint identification module. Design-wise, it has a lot of similarities with the recently launched Essential phone. It has a metal frame with glass dominating both front and the back.
The Sharp Aquos S2 houses a full HD+ LCD display (1080×2040 pixels). It also comes with 2.5D glass and Gorilla Glass protection. Under the hood, it rocks an octa-core Snapdragon 630/660 Chipset which is based on the latest 14nm mobile platform. The 660 SoC is reserved for top end variant. It has also earned the tag of world’s first phone to feature Snapdragon 630/660 chipset. That’s not all, it gets Andreo 512GPU, 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X RAM, and 64GB/128GB internal storage.
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It only has a hybrid SIM slot so one will have to make a choice between microSD card and second SIM slot.
Dual rear camera setup is its other highlight. There is a 12MP sensor with f/1.75 aperture paired with an 8MP sensor for depth sensing to give bokeh effect to images. Up front, there is an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture for selfies.
It runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat) with Smile Ux and has RoboS assistant. The phone comes with 3020mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. It will come in Black, White, Blue and Green colors hues. The base variant of Sharp AQOUS S2 will retail for 2499 yuan (US$ 372 / Rs. 23755 approx.) and Snapdragon 660 limited edition will be priced at 3499 yuan (US$ 521 / Rs. 33260 approx.).
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Sharp Aquos S2 Specifications
|Model||Sharp Aquos S2|
|Display||5.5-Inch, Full HD+ IPS LCD Display|
|Processor||Octa-core Snapdragon 630/660 processor|
|Internal Storage||64GB/ 128GB,expandable up to 128GB|
|Software||Android Nougat 7.1|
|Primary Camera||12MP+8MP dual cameras|
|Secondary Camera||8MP selfie camera|
|Dimensions, Weight||141.8 x 72.04 x 7.9mm; 140g|
|Battery||3,020 mAh battery|
|Others||4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C|