SH-02J

Scheduled for release in November 2016 is Docomo's Aquos Ever SH-02J, a device that utterly fails to impress.

The SH-02J is mid-range at best: it comes with a 5-inch IGZO display which guarantees long battery life - and indeed, it is advertised as capable of lasting "three days or more", of course depending on usage. The screen resolution is the humble HD (1280 x 720 px), and it is equipped, as usual, with Sharp's proprietary backlight and colour filter S-PureLED.

The installed battery is 2700 mAh, so the 3+ days promise is easily kept. I normally manage to get 3+ days from my SH-01G's 3100 mAh with background sync, GPS, Wi-Fi, display smoothness set to ON.

The SH-02J comes with an octacore Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) processor having 4 x 1.4 GHz and 4 x 1.1 GHz cores. Just 2 GB of RAM, which, considering the preinstalled and non-removable Docomo junk, means you'll only get 500-600 MB of free RAM on this phone. The built-in memory is rather limited as well, to 16 GB, and given that you can't install apps on the external memory, the ability to use microSDXC cards of up to 256 GB is of little use.

Design-wise the Aquos Ever SH-02J has the same boring iPhone-copycat appearance that was introduced in the Summber 2016 collection. The 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 screen isn't anything impressive either.

The main camera is 13.1 megapixels, F2.2 (why? what happened to the F1.9 sensors?), HDR-capable, Night Catch II - but I very much doubt this will be able to measure up to the F1.9 sensors. The camera supports 4K continuous shooting, fireworks shooting mode (introduced in the Summer 2016 collection), Capture later (extract frame from 4K video), and the familiar Framing Advisor to guide you to accomplish better photo compositions (it does help). The inner camera has a 5-MP, wide-angle camera lens (22 mm focal length equivalent) with features such as Beautiful Skin Correction, Lens Correction, Hand Mirror, and self-timer.  

The SH-02J is waterproof and dustproof (IPX5 / IPX8 / IP6X). It also has a fingerprint sensor that can be used for unlocking the phone and for lanuching applications.

While both Felica and NFC are supported, the SH-02J is perhaps the first Japanese Sharp phone that supports neither Full Seg, nor One Seg digital television.

It also features the latest version (5.0) of Sharp AI assistant, Emopa, and the Hikari Emotion LED/graphics - illumination in 9 colours and 12 patterns.

Connectivity options cover LTE/3G/GSM frequencies, including VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4 GHz only), Bluetooth 4.2, but no Infrared.

The Aquos Ever SH-02J measures 143 × 71 × 8.3 mm, weighs 138 grams, and is offered in champagne gold, pure white, rose pink, and navy black.

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