This December 2016 Sharp are releasing their first SIM-free flip-keitai, the Aquos Mobile SH-N01.
Other than the name, and perhaps relieved from the operator pre-installed bloatware, this is the exact same phone as the Aquos Mobile SH-01J on Docomo, the Aquos Mobile 2 on SoftBank and the Aquos Mobile 602SH on Y!Mobile.
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 6.0 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 SH-N01 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 SH-N01 is that is it waterproof (IPX5/IPX8), dustproof (IP5X), and shock-resistant (MIL-STD810G).
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. The highest supported video resolution is HD (1280 x 720). 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.
Listed below are the frequencies that the Docomo version, the SH-01J, supports. Sharp have not specified if the SIM-free model supports all of them or has any extra frequencies:
LTE 4G (FDD-LTE): Band 1 (2.0 GHz) and Band 19 (800 MHz).
3G (W-CDMA): Band 1 (2 GHz), Band 5 (850 MHz), Band 6 (800 MHz), Band 19 (800 MHz)
GSM (GPRS): 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 1.9 GHz.
The Aquos Mobile SH-N01 is offered in white, red, and black.
When folded, it measures 51 × 113 × 16.7 mm and weighs 132 grams.
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