Sharp have just announced their winter 2015/2016 devices for NTT Docomo, and the Aquos Zeta SH-01H is the flagship in it; it was 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 familiar S-PureLED backlight and colour-filter technology is found underneath the high-speed IZGO display. The high-sensitivity IGZO display allows using the phone with gloves on (via a special on/off setting).
Although the SH-01H display is 0.2 inches (0.51 cm) smaller diagonally than that of the SH-01G, for a reason that it beyond me, Sharp have enlarged the SH-01H chin, which results in both phones being almost identical size-wise. The newer model is, however, noticeably thinner – 1 mm according to specifications, but more like 2 mm when putting the phones next to (on top of) each other.
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 f/1.9 aperture for low-noise night-time photography (BrightEye, real-time HDR, and Night Catch II). Like its predecessors, it can capture 4K2K video but now also record 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 camera 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; its lens aperture is f/2.4.
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 (no longer locked to Docomo SIM cards only). 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. Restricted by Google's requirements, after upgrading the phone to Android 7.0, the the Grip Magic vibration notifications (missed calls, unread email/text) are sadly no longer supported. 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 taking 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-handed operation.
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. My observations of second-hand models that are up for sale in Japan show that the part of the phone that is easiest to damage is the aluminium rimming. Not one of those hundreds of devices I've seen on Yahoo Auctions Japan and that had some sort of damage to the exterior, had a scratched or cracked back-panel.
High-resolution audio is supported: WAV / FLAC format of 24 bits at 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz – but only when using the Sharp-made Music app. The phone also boasts high-quality audio output to Bluetooth speakers or headphones enabled by AM3D's ZIRENE® SOUND digital signal processing technology.
The SH-01H is both waterproof (IPX5/8) and dustproof (IPX5).
Rather than a small dot-like LED indicator in the middle of the chin 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 139 mm × 74 mm × 7.9 mm, 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.
* 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: 27 February 2018 – 09:23
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