The Aquos S3 (FS8032) has finally been announced, first in Taiwan, one day ahead of the advertised 28th April announcement in Vietnam. A month later, on 25 May 2018, the Aquos S3 High Edition (FS8015) passed NCC certification (details below).
The Aquos S3 has a 5.99-inch screen with a 18:9 ratio and a Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 px, giving it a ratio of 91% of the device's total surface area (the S2 has 87.5%). With a bezel of just 0.8 mm on three sides, and very small bottom bezel – the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back – this is the world's smallest 6-inch smartphone.
To further reduce the device size, the TFT Chip-on-Film (TFT COF) technology has been utilised (the integrated circuit driving the display is placed on a thin flexible film that is then attached to the LCD, resulting in a thinner display module – Sharp have been doing this since 2001). The display itself, seemingly the only element actually made by Sharp Corporation, flaunts 550-nit high-brightness, is able to reproduce 135% of sRGB colour gamut, and has 1:1500 contrast ratio – all impressive specifications never found on a mid-range smartphone (judging by the processor and retail price).
There is a huge iPhone X-style notch in the top part of the display to house the front camera to the left, various sensors to the right, and the earpiece in the middle. The top corners have been cut in a round shape – unlike those on the Aquos S2, which has diagonal cuts (fugly!). The display is covered by a 3D curved tempered glass (Gorilla Glass, unspecified version), which enhances the "bezelless" impression.
The Aquos S3 cameras are also something to brag with. The main camera comprises two vertically-aligned CMOS sensors: one 13 and one 12-megapixel. The 12-MP sensor uses 1.4 μm large pixels with 0.1 sec. dual-pixel phase, differential auto focus, aperture size f/1.75. The 13-MP sensor has 2X optical zoom, shallow-depth capture mode, and aperture f/2.6. AI portrait mode is also supported. The sensor manufacturer is as yet unknown, but very likely Sony.
For all those selfie-obsessed, the Aquos S3 has a 16-megapixel front camera. Aperture size here is f/2.0, 4-in-1 high-sensitivity 1.4 μm large-pixel technology employed. AI portrait model is featured in the front camera, too, further enhanced by face-recognition screen unlocking. The AI camera is advertised as being able to detect up to 1024 different facial features for accurate 3D face recognition.
The Aquos S3 was initially announced in one variant only, with a lower specifications set: it is powered by the Snapdragon 630 (SDM630) (quad-core at 2.2 GHz and quad-core at 1.8 GHz), has only 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of ROM. We were also expecting a higher version with SDM660, 6 GB/128 GB, but apparently this has either been postponed or scrapped altogether. The built-in storage can be expanded using microSDXC cards of max. capacity 128 GB.
The Aquos S3 High Edition (FS8015) that has not yet seen official announcement relies on the Snapdragon 660 (SDM660) processor – 4x Kryo 260 @ 2.2 GHz and 4x Kryo 260 @ 1.8 GHz cores. It has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of built-in storage. It also comes with Qi wireless charging.
The supported radio frequencies make it usable just about anywhere around the world (dual-SIM) and are as follows:
2G: GSM: 900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA: 800(BC0) MHz
3G: WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz TD-SCDMA: B34/B39
CDMA 2000: 800 (BC0) MHz
4G: LTE FDD: B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B28
4G: LTE TDD: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41 (2555-2655 MHz)
Downlink Cat.6; Uplink Cat.6
Further connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, wi-fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5.x GHz dual-band), NFC Type A/B, USB Type-C (Quick Charge 3.0). GPS/aGPS/GLONASS navigation is featured, too.
The battery capacity is 3,200 mAh.
The Aquos S3 dimensions are 148.2 x 74.2 x 7.98 mm, and it weighs 165.4 grams. It ships with Android 8.0 (Oreo) pre-installed, with Smile UX ontop of it.
The price in Taiwan is 11,990 NT$, which equals 412 USD. The price in Vietnam is 8,990,000 VND, which equals 396 USD.
Click on the Source link below to go to the official Taiwan website for photos and videos of the Aquos S3.
Follow this link for a very detailed review and camera samples (in Chinese, but you can use Google Translate).
On 15 June 2018, the standard model Aquos S3 was announced in South Korea, by operator SK Telecom. The Korean edition will be offered with Android 8.1 pre-installed.
Date added/updated: 15 June 2018 – 21:46
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