Sharp, as promised, has announced the Sharp Aquos S2 at an event in Beijing today. While the Chinese tech company is said to bring edge-to-edge display even before Samsung, with Aquos Crystal three years back, the Aquos S2 pegs in the same feature.
The phone features a 5.5-inch full HD display with 2040×1080 resolution and 2.5D arc glass protection on top. The phone is bezel-less on the sides and bottom with a slight cut out on top for the front facing camera. It has a small bit of bezel at the bottom where the fingerprint sensor sits. Interestingly, the Aquos S2 is the first smartphone to pack in Qualcomm’s latest mobile platform, the Snapdragon 630. The chipset is fabricated on 14nm process and has eight Cortex-A53 cores.
The phone offers a vertically stacked dual camera setup which looks somewhat similar to the iPhone 8 renders (though alleged) that have been buzzing over the past few months. The Aquos S2 sports a 12-megapixel camera with f/1.75 aperture, dual-tone LED flash and an 8-megapixel secondary camera. Up front, it has an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
The phone packs 4GB of RAM, 64GB inbuilt storage and runs Android Nougat OS. It carries a 3,020mAh battery and comes with Quick Charge 4.0 support. Connectivity options on the phone include- Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port and 4G VoLTE support.
Notably, Sharp has also introduced a ‘premium edition’ of the new Sharp Aquos S2 that offers 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage and has a better CPU. The 6GB RAM model is powered by Qualcomm’s another new mobile platform, Snapdragon 660 SoC (system-on-chip). Apart from these aspects, the camera and battery are the same.
As far as the pricing is concerned, the Sharp Aquos S2 4GB RAM variant is priced at 2,499 Yuan (around Rs. 23,755) while the 6GB RAM version will cost 3499 Yuan (roughly Rs. 33,260). The phone comes in four colour schemes- Black, White, Blue and Green. It will go on sale in China starting August 14.