Announced in October 2016, but released in February 2017, is a new smartphone for SoftBank nicknamed Aquos Xx3 mini (603SH).
The phone has a 4.7-inch FHD IGZO display (469 ppi), a 64-bit Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952 - 4 x 1.5 GHz and 4 x 1.2 GHz) processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of onboard storage (expandable using microSDXC memory cards).
The Aquos Xx3 mini display is the new generation IGZO where the touch sensors are built-in with the pixels, allowing for a thinner screen, better response, including operation when wet and when wearing gloves, and reduced battery consumption. It also features the blue-light reduction option.
The Aquos Xx3 mini's most impressive feature is its camera: the main one is 21-megapixels OIS (optical image stabilisation), f/1.9, NightCatch II, Real-time HDR, high-quality zoom, with the "capture later" functionality introduced in earlier models (cut image from a short 4K2K video clip). The main sensor is actually the same as that on the Summer 2016 collection devices. The improvement is now in the secondary camera: an 8 MP wide-angle sensor that can now capture almost 100-degree shots, and is also equipped with NightCatch II, like the front camera – for those selfie-maniacs who must be able to take pictures of themselves in the dark.
The inner camera is also capable of performing user eye recognition.
The Xx3 mini is waterproof (IPX5/8) and dustproof (IP6X).
Familiar features include Sharp's AI Emopa that also has a health-care functionality and the Hikari Emotion LEDs.
The supported frequencies are as follows:
LTE 4G (FDD-LTE): 1.7GHz / 2.1GHz + 900 MHz and 2.5 GHz in Japan.
3G (W-CDMA): 900MHz / 2.1GHz
GSM: 850MHz / 900MHz / 1800MHz / 1900MHz.
Further connectivity is achieved using Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, OneSeg digital TV.
The Aquos Xx3 mini rolls out with Android 7.0. On 19 July 2018, the phone received an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Aquos Xx3 (603SH) mini measures 67 × 135 × 8.6 mm and weighs approx. 135 grams. It is offered in five different colours: yellow-green, black, light-blue, pink, and white.
Date added/updated: 19 July 2018 – 09:53
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