Scheduled for release in early November 2017, the Aquos sense SHV40 by AU KDDI is a mid-range device with little to set it apart from the rest of mid-range Aquos phones. It continues the now-traditional, eye-displeasing and uncomfortable huge-bezel design that makes me wonder if Sharp designers are intentionally trying to bankrupt the company's smartphone division.

Compared to the Softbank Aquos ea 605SH that was released in mid-July 2017, the Aquos sense SHV40 has a better display. The 5-inch screen is a 1920 x 1080 px (FHD) IGZO using Rich Color Technology Mobile "inherited" from Aquos TVs, which ensures colour reproduction that corresponds to the DCI digital cinema standard, covering 90% of the colour gamut. The display has a built-in HDR functionality for bright and vivid rendition of video/film content. Like in all recent models, this is the in-cell IGZO LCD type integrating the digitizer into the display, thus improving response (e.g. can be operated with wet fingers or with gloves), energy-efficiency, and brightness.

The main camera is 13.1 MP with image stabilisation (not optical) and as yet unannounced aperture size (but probably not f/1.9, although good performance in dark scenes is advertised as the sensor's main feature). The camera can capture up to 120 still images in one second, allowing extraction of the best still shot from a short movie clip. It can only shoot FHD, though, so these 120 fps videos are not likely to be HQ. The secondary camera is 5 MP and has nothing to boast.

The Aquos sense SHV40, being a middle class phone, naturally comes with a low-class processor: the Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) that has four 1.4-GHz cores and four 1.1-GHz cores. The operating memory is 3 GB, and the built-in storage space is 32 GB (you can use up to 256 GB microSDXC cards to expand that).

The SHV40 works on LTE and WiMAX 2+ frequencies in Japan. The following radio bands are supported (source):
LTE (4G): 800 MHz (Band 18/26), 2.0 GHz (Band 1)
UMTS (3G): 900 MHz (Band VIII), 2.0 GHz (Band I)
GSM: full range.

* These are the bands that the SHV38 supports. Since the SHV40 is the next model in the same series, it will probably support the same frequencies. This section will be updated once AU add the model to the .

Further features include GPS, Osaifu-Keitai/NFC, WiFi b/g/n (single-band only, at 2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2. Gone are infrared and digital TV (OneSeg).

The Aquos sense SHV40 is waterproof (IPX5/IPX8), dustproof (IP6X), and shock-proof (MIL-STD-810).

The bottom bezel houses a fingerprint sensor. It's unclear if this can also function as a Home button like in the Aquos R.

Like last-season's flagship, the Aquos R, the Aquos sense comes with a robotised charging stand Roboqul XN-T01 (purchased separately).

It ships with Android 7.1 pre-installed.

Considering its size and specs, the SHV40 is actually quite heavy, weighing in at 148 grams. It's quite big because of the giant top and bottom bezels, measuring 72 × 144 × 8.6 mm (W x H x D). The battery is 2700 mAh and is non-removable.

The Aquos sense SHV40 has a top-mounted 3.5-mm earphone jack.

The Aquos sense SHV40 is offered in four colour options: opal-green, silky-white, misty-pink, and velvet-black.


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