S3 (FS8032)

Display

  • Technology: LTPS
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Touch sensor: Digitizer
  • Size: 5.99 inches
  • Resolution: 2160 x 1080 px

Rear camera

  • Photo: 12 + 13 MP
  • Video: 4K
  • Image Stabilisation: None
  • Aperture: n/a
  • Wide-angle: no

Front camera

  • Photo: 16 MP
  • Video: FHD
  • Image Stabilisation: None
  • Aperture: n/a
  • Wide-angle: no

Operating system

  • OS: Android
  • Release: 8.0
  • Latest: —

Processor & memory

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (SDM660)
  • Cores: 4 x 2.2 GHz & 4 x 1.8 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB
  • microSD: 128 GB

Protection

  • Waterproof: no
  • Dustproof: no
  • Shockproof: no

Pending official announcement on 16 January 2018 (postponed indefinitely, but most likely until the Barcelona Mobile World Congress in the end of February), the Aquos S3 is already a much-discussed device – certainly because of the promise of being "bezelless" that, as we already know, is but a marketing trick.

One thing that bothers me, however, is the ridiculous lack of competence demonstrated and the zero effort put in verifying information by all big websites writing about phones when discussing the Aquos S3. I even posted two critical comments on GSM Arena, explaining the difference between the Aquos S3 and the Android One S3. What did they do? They deleted my first comment, didn't pay any attention to the second that points out the glaring mistakes in the article.

Anyway, let me just clear it out for those of you who have been misled by just about everyone writing cluelessly about Sharp:

1. The Sharp Aquos S3 and the Sharp Android One S3 are completely different devices, the former is designed and made by Sharp China, the latter is designed by Google and manufactured by Sharp.

2. Sharp China and Sharp Japan are independent divisions that launch their own phones. Chinese Sharps are designed by Foxconn's subsidiary FIH Mobile Limited. 

3. The only thing Sharp in the Aquos S3 is its display – but it's manufactured by Sharp China and it is not an IGZO display. This phone lacks all the great features of a Japanese Sharp – the camera sensors are made by Sony, it's neither waterproof, nor dustproof, it doesn't have the ingenuitive Grip Magic sensors, it doesn't feature Sharp's Artificial Intelligence.

4. It sure does look like the iPhone X. Well, guess what – both are made in the same factory, by Foxconn. Surprise! Foxconn is world-famous for lack of ingenuity, which is why they purchased 66% of Sharp Corporation's shares (you know, 66% is not the same as 100%). Foxconn's huge mistake, however, is that they have been grossly abusing the Sharp brand, releasing all sorts of low-end trash sticking a Sharp logo on.

Now check the specs below:

The Aquos S3 has passed certification by China's TENAA and Taiwan's NCC agencies under the model name FS8032. The device specifications have been sourced by the respective certification agencies. Inaccuracy is possible.

The Aquos S3 will have 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. Judging from leaked photos showing a notch on the top part of the display, this phone will utilise the free-form display, too. The notch is much larger than on the Aquos S2 and the Aquos R compact and resembles that on the iPhone X. Sharp China have only used IGZO displays on one model, so it's little likely the Aquos S3 will have it.

To increase the area occupied by the display, the fingerprint scanner has now been moved to the back of the phone. Still, "bezelless" is far from the truth – but a step closer than the Aquos S2.

On the back is also a vertically aligned dual-sensor camera with one 13 and one 12-megapixel sensor. These will most probably be supplied by Sony.

For all those selfie-obsessed, the Aquos S3 will have a 16-megapixel front camera.

The Aquos S3 will ship in two variants (like the S2) – one having 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM and another having 6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM, powered by the Snapdragon 630 and Snapgradon 660 processors respectively.

The processors support Bluetooth 5.0, wi-fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5.x GHz dual-band), NFC Type A/B.

The built-in storage will be expandable using microSDXC cards of max. capacity 128 GB.

The battery capacity is 3,200 mAh.

The Aquos S3 dimensions are 148 x 74 x 7.9 mm, and it weighs 167.4 grams.


Date added/updated: 10 February 2018 – 11:03

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