Sharp phones are beginning to sell in Europe – the models have now been officially listed on the European website of Sharp's representative in Europe, SKYTEC UMC Management s. r. o.
The higher model is the Aquos C10, which is a modded version of the Aquos S2 that was launched in China and South-East Asia in September 2017. The device is sold without a SIM-lock.
There are some differences, however: the 5.5-inch display has a slightly higher resolution of 2040 x 1080 px (same as on the Aquos S3 mini), and the top corners appear rounded rather thin cut diagonally as on the Aquos S2. There is the familiar top notch housing the front-facing camera, and the display itself is the older generation Color ASV LCDs (free-form TFT) that Chinese Sharps (made by Foxconn's FIH Mobile subsidiary) use. It is unclear if this utilises the in-cell touch technology where the touch sensors are integrated in the LCD for thinner screens, better energy efficiency, and faster response.
The display is capable of representing 135% of the sRGB gamut, and flaunts a screen brightness of 550 nit, which is fairly impressive. It also has the now ubiquitous 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protective technology on top.
What's under the hood: the Aquos C10 comes with the mid-range Snapdragon 630 processor that has 4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.2GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz cores. It has 4 GB of installed RAM, and 64 GB of built-in storage space.
The latest in double data rate synchronous DRAM for mobile computers is employed in it – the LPDDR4X standard, which offers improved energy saving and higher data transfer rates.
The main camera on the Aquos C10 is dual sensor 12 MP + 8 MP for depth of field, full-pixel phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF). It employs 1.4 um large-pixel, six-piece (6P) lens with aperture size f/1.75. The 8 MP sensor has an aperture size of f/2.0. It is unclear if the sensors were made by Sharp, or by Sony.
The front camera, which is located at the top of the display, in a special teardrop-shaped cutout (notch) in the display, has an 8-megapixel 5P lens with an aperture of f/2.0, again using 1.4 um large pixel technology. The manufacturer is unnamed.
The Aquos C10 supports NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac standards at both 2.4 and 5 GHz, GPS with assisted-GPS, and the Russian GLONASS.
Further features include VoLTE, VoWiFi, Fast Charge QC 3.0, high-fidelity lossless music playback (WAV/FLAC), WiFi Display, WiFi Direct, USB OTG.
Located at the bottom, next to the speaker grills, is a USB Type-C connector.
The Aquos C10 measures 141.8 x 72.0 x 7.9 mm, and weighs 140 grams. It is only offered in black, for the time being at least.
The installed battery has a capacity of 2700 mAh, which is lower than the 3020 mAh on the Chinese version.
The pre-loaded OS is Android Oreo 8.0. On top of that, there is a new UI called SmileUX with smart features such as weather conditions reminders, health reminder (warns the user if they've been toying with the device for longer than 90 minutes without pausing or more than 5 hours cumulatively per day, reducing screen brightness after 10:30 PM, etc.), smart reminders (automatically switching to reading mode when reading and adjusting brightness according to light intensity). Also advertised is the S-Boost Smart Engine with features such as defragmentation (cleans cache and junk files), application freeze (kills apps that are not in use), background auto clean-up (removes non-whitelisted background apps), and preventing auto-start of unwanted applications.
The screen actually occupies 87.5% of the phone's front surface. While this is more than the latest Samsung Galaxy S8, it's not that impressive and not a significant increase from the 81% on my Aquos Zeta SH-01G, released in Winter 2014. In 2017 there are at least 5 or 6 other phones that offer a very similar screen-to-body ratio, but haven't been as loudly advertised as the Aquos S2 – as a "full-screen" phone.
The Aquos C10 features dual-SIM functionality – 4G + 3G dual standby. The radio frequencies supported are:
LTE FDD: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
UMTS: 2100/1900/850/900 MHz
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
The device supports LTE cat. 4 for up to 150 Mbps dwonloads and up to 50 Mbps uploads.
The retail price is 399 euros, which positions the Aquos C10 in the mid-range sector.
Date added/updated: 21 July 2018 – 11:03
Only registered, logged in and activated users can post comments!