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Sharp have just announced their winter 2015/2016 devices for NTT Docomo, and the Aquos Zeta SH-01H is the flagship in it, due to be released in November.

The Aquos Zeta SH-01H has the familiar EDGEST design for extra thin bezel on the top and sides, and a 5.3-inch IGZO display for maximum energy efficiency. The display resolution is full HD (1920 x 1080 px) but what is new is the screen refresh rate - up from the standard 60 Hz to 120 Hz for smooth rendering of fast moving objects while watching video or simply scrolling a page quickly. The S-PureLED backlight and colour filter technology is found underneath the high-speed IZGO display.

The 13.1-megapixel main camera is an upgrade from the SH-01G and the SH-03G, and is the third in the RICOH GR-certified professional single focus digital camera series. It features a newly developed high-speed auto focus that is a combination of phase detection AF and contrast detection AF*. The camera has OIS (optical image stabilisation) and F1.9 aperture for low-noise night-time photography (BrightEye, real-time HDR, and Night Catch II). Like its predecessors, it can capture 4K2K video and 120 fps in Full HD and 210 fps in FWVGA resolution. Using frame interpolation technology, the SH-01H can capture super slow motion video of 2100 fps in FWVGA and 1200 fps in Full HD. Other features include the familiar Framing Advisor, the option to blur the background or foreground after taking the photo, the Photo Sphere and Panorama modes. The secondary camera is now 8 MP and features wide-angle 100-degree shooting for those selfie enthusiasts out there. The inner camera is also enhanced by a one-touch self-timer and face-detection AF.

The Aquos Zeta SH-01H relies on a 64-bit Qualcomm processor, the hexa-core MSM8992 which has two 1.8 GHz cores and four 1.4 GHz cores. The amount of RAM is 3 GB, the onboard storage space is 32 GB, expandable up to 200 GB using microSDXC cards.

The SH-01H now supports Advanced LTE for up to 300 MBps downlink accomplished by bundling the three supported LTE frequencies: 800 MHz, 1.5 Ghz, and 2 GHz. Also supported is a dual-speed mode that allows simultaneous operation of LTE and Wi-Fi, as well as a smooth changeover mode for uninterrupted internet use while switching between carrier and wireless data. The SH-01H also supports 3G at 800 MHz and 2.0 GHz. 

It is powered by a 3100 mAh built-in battery. 

This device, like its predecessors, features the Grip Magic sensors for convenient operation - but now there are four sensors, including one at the back, and one at the front - whereas the previous models had one on each side of the phone. On the rear panel, we also find a fingerprint sensor which allows easy unlocking and launching of selected applications.

The Clip Now feature found on the Aquos Crystal phones by SoftBank is now also available - it allows one to make a screenshot by simply sliding one's finger left-to-right along the top edge of the display.

Further features include a "small window with flip cover" mode that enables a reduced screen visible through the flip cover window and operation without opening the cover. Also available is the reduced screen mode to allow easy one-hended operation.

The question is, however, who needs a protective case any more? In the Aquos Zeta SH-01H, Sharp have decided to use Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for the rear panel to guarantee a scratch-free rear surface as well.

The SH-01H is both waterproof (IPX5 /8) and dustproof (IPX5).

Rather than a small dot-like LED indicator in the middle like in the SH-01G, there are now two illumination LEDs on each of the bottom corners - they indicate incoming calls, email, etc. and also light up when using the Emopa functionality.

The Aquos Zeta SH-01H measures 139mm × 74mm × 7.9mm, weighs 151 grams, and comes in three different colours - blue, magenta, and black.

Originally released with Android 5.1, the Aquos Zeta SH-01H received the upgrade to Android 6.0 on 21st June 2016. On 20th April 2017, it received the upgrade to Android 7.0.

For further details, please see the Sharp website.

* Phase detection autofocus was first introduced in Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6 and 6+. I do not know if theirs was also a combination of both, like on the SH-01H, or just the phase detection.

Date added/updated: 01 January 1970 – 02:00


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