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 thinnner 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).
Familair 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.
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: 04 December 2017 – 16:31
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