P1

The Aquos P1 is the first phone Sharp are making for the Taiwan market in a few years' time. The phone's debut was in early July 2016.

The Sharp Aquos P1 is but a rebranding of the most recent iPhone-look-alikes released in Japan under the Aquos Xx3 on SoftBank, Aquos SH-04H on Docomo, and Aquos Serie SHV34 on AU.

It comes with a 5.3-inch high-speed (120 hz) FHD IGZO display with S-PureLED backlight and a Relax Auto feature to shift back to 60 Hz refresh rate and reduce blue light to fight eye fatigue.

The Aquos P1 is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 820 processor having two 2.2 GHz cores and two 1.6 GHz cores, and the Adreno 530 graphics adaptor whose processing capability includes 3D games as well. 3 GB RAM and 32 GB built-in storage, expandable to 200 GB using microSDXC cards should suffice perfectly.

This processor also supports the MU-MIMO technology that ensures doubling the speed of Wi-Fi connectivity, provided that you have a compatible router. And Carrier Aggregation for combining LTE frequencies for even nigher LTE speeds of up to 187.5 Mbps.

The camera sensor has now been increased to 22.6 megapixels, with improved optical image stabilisation, f/1.9, Ricoh GR-certified lens, Night Catch II, real-time HDR. The camera start-up time is now even faster, at 0.4 seconds, and is able to auto focus within 0.02 seconds. There is a larger variety of pre-programmed shooting modes, including the familiar Framing Advisor.

One new camera feature is "Capture Later" which allows recording a short video in 4K2K resolution at 240 fps that can later be decomposed into frames and the desired best shot captured as a photo. The camera can film 720p video at 240 fps and 1080p video at 120 fps that can later be enjoyed on the phone thanks to the smooth 120 Hz refresh rate of the IGZO display. Like the previous models, the camera can also shoot super slow video and time-lapse – and frame interpolation technology allows for the unprecedented 10x frames, e.g. 120 x 10 = 1200 fps. The video camera now supports the H.265 codec for higher quality, yet smaller size videos. The inner camera has a 5-MP wide-angle sensor (85 degrees). Panorama selfies, anyone?

it is yet unclear if the Aquos P1 will feature Sharp's Artificial Intelligence Emopa found on all their recent Japan-only devices.

The Aquos P1 comes with an improved UI thanks to further development of the Grip Magic sensors, now four of them - two on the sides and two on the back and front of the phone. Hold the phone and it will turn on when lifted. Since the fingerprint sensor is installed on the side of the body, you can unlock the phone just by holding it and have it ready to operate as soon as you lift it. Twist Magic allows you to twist the phone (rotate it about 90 degrees and back while holding it) to switch between working applications. An auto scroll feature has been added, too: you can start automatic scrolling of content by pressing your finger onto a dedicated icon. Also available is the Clip Now feature, previously only found on the Aquos Crystal models – slide your finger left to right on the top edge of the display to capture a screenshot. Further extras include the Feel UX, display-off when putting the phone in your pocket, sweep on, and Bright Keep – and Glove Mode – thanks to increased sensitivity of the touch panel, it can now be operated using gloves.

Like earlier models, the Aquos P1 can play Hi-Fi music, including 24-bit WAV and FLAC files - Sharp recommend the Google Play Music app because their own built-in Music Player can't play such files. One tested, and IMHO better alternative to Google's is AIMP Player for Android.

The phone is waterproof (IPX5/8) and now dustproofing (IP5X) is back!

The Aquos P1 supports Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac standards, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Quick Charge 2.0. It is unclear if any kind of digital television will be supported. No infrared. The supported radio frequencies are:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: 900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
FDD LTE: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B8

The display uses a 2.5D imitating raised water surface, thus achieving "a beautiful round shape that creates a sense of unity between the display surface and the frame". The glass is chemically tempered (Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4) to withstand scratches and impact. The side frame is metal, and the back panel is hard and scratch-resistant, like in the Winter 2015/2016 collection.

The Aquos P1 is offered in pink and blue. It measures 149 × 73 × 7.6 mm and weighs 155 grams. The battery capacity is 3000 mAh, which should easily last a few days.

The installed OS is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

It is sold for 20,990 TWD (ca. 662 USD) in Taiwan.

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