To be released in late October 2016 is SoftBank's latest iteration of the flip keitai, the Aquos Mobile 2.
It has the standard 3.4-inch display with QHD resolution (960 × 540 px) and of course an external miniature information display (0.9 inches/36 × 128 px). The main display supports Sharp's latest "Relax Image Quaility" feature that reduces blue levels for more comfortable viewing at night.
Power-wise, there is no improvement in comparison to the previous model: a quad-core Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor clocked at 1.1 GHz and 1 GB of RAM, which would be barely enough to run the heavily customised version of Android Sharp have installed on it. The built-in storage is 8 GB, and microSDHC cards of up to 32 GB are supported.
The Aquos Mobile 2 has, like earlier models, a Quick Open push-button that can also be set up so it mutes the ringtone upon opening the phone. Sharp promise that this model has a better receiver that is 1.5 times more sensitive to sound pressure levels (in comparison with the previous model). It also comes with speech recognition functionality for voice dialling and launching of selected applications.
The 1800 mAh battery should be able to last up to one whole week, particularly thanks to the built-in energy management software.
What's great about the Aquos Mobile 2 is that is it waterproof (IPX5/IPX8), dustproof (IP5X), and shock-resistant (MIL standard).
The camera is an 8-megapixel shooter that supports image stabilisation (software), auto-focus, zooming, macro-focus, continuous shooting, fish-eye, miniature, and panorama modes. According to the Sharp website, the highest video resolution supported is HD, but according to teh SoftBank website, it's FHD. I'd bet my money on Sharp's website's information. The video camera also supports time-lapse shooting.
The phone is navigated using the Touch Cruiser EX keypad like on previous model, but now offers the ability to program the bottom three keys to quickly launch an application of choice.
It supports Bluetooth 4.1, Infrared, OneSeg (viewing only), Wi-Fi b/g/n, VoLTE.
The radio frequencies that it can work on are as follows:
LTE 4G (FDD-LTE): 900 MHz (* Japan only)/ 1.7GHz / 2.1GHz
3G (W-CDMA): 900MHz / 2.1GHz
GSM (GPRS): 900MHz / 1800MHz / 1900MHz.
The Aquos Mobile 2 is offered in five differenht colours: light green, white, gold, pink, and black.
When folded, it measures 51 × 113 × 16.7 mm and weighs 132 grams.
It will also be offered on Y!Mobile under the 602SH monicker - in white, pink, and black.
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