2nd June 2017. Sharp have just released a new device for MVNO carrier UQ Mobile dubbed the Aquos L2.
The Aquos L2 is a rebranded version of the Aquos ea for Softbank and a low-spec device with a 5-inch 720p IGZO screen. What's good about this display, other than being a low-power IGZO that guarantees long battery life, is that it is also the latest in-cell touch type display integrating the digitizer into the LCD – this guarantees improved responsiveness and can even be operated with wet fingers.
Sharp's Emopa AI assistant is, of course, present. Among other things, it can learn your life habits and can automatically activate the Relax Auto feature suppressing blue light to produce an eye-friendly image that lets you fall asleep easier (if you're still using the phone at the time).
The Aquos L2 is waterproof (IPX5/8) and dustproof (IP6X). Thanks to the IGZO display, and touch-panel responsiveness, and front-mounted speakers, it can safely be enjoyed in the bath/shower.
The Aquos L2 has a 13.1-megapixel HDR main camera that promises easy operation and great phoos thanks to the Recommended Plus feature. But that's not the high-class GR-certified sensor, so don't expect much. It has the Capture Later feature found in the high-class cameras, though, where you can extract an image from recorded videos. And it can record videos in the H.264 compression standard. The inner camera is 5 MP and can capture wide-angle (85-degree) shots.
This device, like all newer models, has the Hikari Emotion display and LED indicator lighting effects during incoming calls, end of call, screen unlocking, charging, and – interestingly – "emotional speech" (it detects variation in the speech tone and adds visual effects to the display).
The Aquos L2 is powered by a Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) processor that has four 1.4 GHz cores and four 1.1 GHz cores, has 2 GB of RAM, and only 16 GB of onboard storage (expandable using microSDXC cards). The built-in battery is 2700 mAh and should last a comfortable 3–4 days on one charge.
Supported radio frequencies include 4G LTE and WiMAX 2+. The Aquos L2 is capable of international roaming but the UQ Mobile page says that "data communication is not possible". SIM-unlocking is not specified but under Japanese law, this is mandatory.
The Aquos L2 supports Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4 GHz) standards, tethering, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and Google backup. It's also equipped with electronic payment features (Osaifu-Keitai + NFC). No infrared, no OneSeg, no biometrics.
The pre-installed OS is Android 7.0.
The Aquos L2 measures 143 × 71 × 8.3 mm (thickest part 8.4 mm) and weighs 138 grams. It is offered in lavender, white-gold, and black.
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