Alongside the Aquos R2, Sharp have also announced the SIM-free Aquos Sense Plus – the next iteration in their mid-range series that was renamed Aquos Sense in 2017. Although the model name should logically be SH-M07, there is no mention of it in the official announcements.
The Aquos Sense Plus has an IGZO dipslay measuring 5.5 inches with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (FHD+) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. This isn't the free-form display utilised in the Aquos R series and comes with no notches or rounded corners. In fact, the rather substantial top and bottom bezels make it look a lot like the old Aquos R. Sharp, however, claim that they have managed to increase the screen area by 23% when comparing it to the 2016 SIM-free SH-M04. This really is more of a marketing trick because, being of the Aquos Sense series, it ought to be compared to last year's Aquos Sense models.
The display employs Rich Color Technology Mobile, adopted from the high-range Aquos TVs, further enhanced by compliance (90% coverage) with the Digital Cinema Standard (DCI).
The Aquos Sense Plus rear camera has a 16.4-megapixel HD fast-focus sensor. The front-facing camera is 8 MP and the screen glows white when shooting in a low-light environment so that faces retain their natural brightness.
The Aquos Sense Plus is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 630 processor that has 4 x 2.2 GHz and 4 x 1.8 GHz cores. The phone comes with 3 GB of LPDDR 4X high-speed RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage. The max. supported size microSD cards is 256 GB.
The Aquos Sense Plus supports Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac at the standard 2.4 GHz and the high-speed 5 GHz frequency. Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and NFC/Felica are standard features.
A fingerprint scanner is mounted in the bottom bezel that also doubles as a Home button.
Since it is waterproof, and thanks to the IGZO technology, you can operate the screen even when your hands are wet. It is also dustproof. It's yet unclear if the Aquos Sense Plus will also be shock-proof, like last year's models (all but one).
The Aquos Sense Plus has a 3.5 mm audio jack, USB Type C + Quick Charge support.
This phone will be available in white, black, and beige colours.
This is a product in development and some specifications have not yet been unveiled, while others may be subject to change. Stay tuned for updates.
Date added/updated: 8 May 2018 – 09:16
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