Sharp Z3

Mid-April 2017: Foxconn have rolled out another Sharp-branded phone in Taiwan, the Z3. This phone is hardly new, though, as it was previously released (in 2016) under the base name Infocus M820, dubbed TG Luna S on South Korean carrier SK Telecom. As expected, Foxconn are simply using the brand ownership they aquired along with purchasing a major share of Sharp last year.

The Sharp Z3 comes with a 5.7-inch display with a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels boasting a 520-nit brightness that should guarantee bright and clear views even in the sun. On top of that is a 2.5D protective Gorilla Glass. It is unclear who the manufacturer o this display is, but it is not Sharp, which is why the brand name Aquos is not included in the device name.

The camera on the Z3 uses a 16-megapixel Sony sensor with DTI pixel-to-pixel isolation and 4-axis optical image stabilization. Coupled with an F2.0 aperture and Phase-Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), this should mean some exciting mobile photoshooting. PDAF is also implemented on the inner camera, which is 13 megapixels and, interestingly, has a better low-light sensor with an F1.8 aperture. It's also a wide-angle (80.7 degrees) shooter.

Under the hood, the Sharp Z3 is weilding some equally impressive specs: the octa-core Snapdragon 625 MSM8976 clocked at 1.8 GHz and 1.4 GHz respectively, with the Adreno 510 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of onboard memory (ROM).

Since the Z3 is not locked to any carrier, it supports the full array of FDD LTE (B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B28), TDD LTE (B38/B39/B40/B41), WCDMA (850/900/1900/2100 MHz), CDMA (BC0), TD-CDMA (B34 / B39), and GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) frequencies – for both of its SIM cards that support dual stand-by mode. One SIM slot can be used to add extra storage, if needed.

Further connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 ab/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), GPS/AGPS + GLONASS. Also available is an FM radio tuner.

The phone also flaunts a built-in intelligent amplifier to deliver pure sound for a great listening experience – thanks to its 24-bit HD audio processing capabilities.

A fingerprint sensor is also installed.

The Sharp Z3 measures 157.9 x 78.5 x 7.78 mm, and is a bit heavy, weighing in at 185 grams, including the non-removable 3100 mAh battery. It is only offered in Champagne Gold.

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