M1/MS1

Display

  • Technology: LTPS
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Touch sensor: Digitizer
  • Size: 5.5 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 px

Rear camera

  • Photo: 13 + 13 MP
  • Video: 4K
  • Image Stabilisation: None
  • Aperture: n/a
  • Wide-angle: 80°

Front camera

  • Photo: 13 MP
  • Video: FHD
  • Image Stabilisation: None
  • Aperture: n/a
  • Wide-angle: 77°

Operating system

  • OS: Android
  • Release: 6.0
  • Latest: —

Processor & memory

  • CPU: MediaTek Cortex-A53 (MT6753)
  • Cores: 8 x 1.3 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • ROM: 32 GB
  • microSD: 64 GB

Protection

  • Waterproof: no
  • Dustproof: no
  • Shockproof: no

The Sharp M1 is the third phone launching in Taiwan after the aquisition of the majority of Sharp shares by Taiwanese Hon Hai, a.k.a. Foxconn. This appears to be a mid-range smartphone utilising a display technology never before seen on a Sharp phone (the Z2 has it as well).

The Sharp M1 has a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p LTPS (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon) display, in fact the very same as found on the Z2, which employs a 3D curved glass design.

The device is powered by an octa-core MTK MT6753 Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.3 GHz, has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage memory, which can be expanded using up to 64 GB microSDHC cards.

What is particularly interesting about the Sharp M1 is that it features a dual-lens 13-megapixel camera on rear and one 13-MP camera on the front, the latter apparently targeting the selfie maniacs. The front camera is 80-degree wide-angle, and the back is 77-degree wide-angle, auto-focus. It is unclear if these cameras sport all the nice features found on recent Japanese models but, considering the price of this device, 8990 TWD (ca. 286 USD), this is highly unlikely.

The Sharp M1 features a dual sound amplifier for "true sound quality" and a "natural sound" with a deeper bass.

The M1 is a dual-SIM dual-standby smartphone (nano-SIM, one SIM card occupies the microSD slot). The radio module covers a fairly big range of frequencies:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
FDD LTE: B1 / B3 / B7 / B8 / B28
TDD LTE: B38 / B40

Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n with Miracast (Wi-Fi display on connected devices), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/AGP + GLONASS, FM radio, USB OTG.

The battery is a mere 2600 mAh and we do not know as yet how many hours of operation it can provide, considering this isn't an IZGO device. The dimensions are 155 mm x 77 mm x 7.6 mm, and weight is 151 grams. It is offered in pink and white.

The exact same phone, in the same colours, only dubbed Sharp MS1, was also released for the Singaporean market.

The Sharp M1 was also released in Malaysia.


Date added/updated: 4 December 2017 – 16:48

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