The Aquos sense series was also launched by MVNO operator UQ Mobile (a 100% owned subsidiary of KDDI Corporation) – on 22 November 2017. The phone does not have a model name of its own, like it has for AU, SoftBank, Docomo, and even the SIM-free SH-M05, which is why we'll refer to is as the Aquos sense UQ.
There are almost no differences between this device and the other Aquos sense phones – except for the missing impact-resistance: still the same mid-range device with little to set it apart from the rest of mid-range Aquos phones.
The Aquos sense UQ has the new HDR display that uses 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 screen size is 5 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 px (FHD) and is built employing the IGZO technology – the in-cell IGZO LCD type integrating the touch sensors 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 share reduction and aperture size f/2.2, 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 very high quality. The secondary camera is 5 MP, has aperture size f/2.2 and image shake reduction, but is not the wide-angle sensor typically found on most recent Sharp phones.
The Aquos sense UQ, 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 Aquos sense UQ utilises the 4G LTE / WiMAX 2+ radio communication methods. 3G frequencies are not supported in Japan. It is unclear what the overseas supported frequencies are.
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 UQ is waterproof (IPX5/IPX8) and dustproof (IP6X). It is not shock-proof like some of the other Aquos sense models.
The bottom bezel houses a fingerprint sensor. Like in the Aquos R, this can also function as a Home button.
Like last-season's flagship, the Aquos R, the Aquos sense UQ comes with a robotised charging stand Roboqul XN-T01 (purchased separately).
It ships with Android 7.1 pre-installed. The upgrade to Android 8.0 began rolling out on 17 April 2018.
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 UQ has a top-mounted 3.5-mm earphone jack.
It is offered in three colours: airy blue, silky white, and velvet black.
Date added/updated: 17 April 2018 – 07:30
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