The Asian Aquos S3 has finally been released officially (31st August 2018) and is now available to buy in Germany and other EU countries under the name Sharp Aquos D10. This release comes very late as the phone is now one year old and its specifications fail to impress, even at the relatively low price of 399 euro.
The Aquos D10 has a 5.99-inch screen with a 18:9 ratio and a Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 px, meaning the display occupies 91% of the device's total surface area (vs. 87.5% on the Aquos S2/Aquos C10). With a bezel of just 0.8 mm on three sides, and very small chin – 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 C10/Aquos S2, which has diagonal cuts (fugly!). The display is covered by a 3D curved tempered glass (Gorilla Glass 3), which enhances the "bezelless" impression.
The Aquos D10/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 D10/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 D10 is the lower-specs variant of the Aquos S3: it features the standard Snapdragon 630 (quad-core at 2.2 GHz and quad-core at 1.8 GHz), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of ROM version. It is unknown if the High Edition (Snapdragon 660 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of ROM, Qi wireless charging) will ever reach Europe officially.
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
3G: UMTS: 2100/1900/850/900 MHz
4G: LTE FDD: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20
The maximum speeds supported by the Aquos D10 are 150 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload (LTE) and 14.1 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload (HSPA).
Further connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, 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 2900 mAh.
The Aquos D10/Aquos S3 dimensions are 148.2 x 74.2 x 8.00 mm, and it weighs 165 grams. It ships with Android 8.0 (Oreo) pre-installed, with a Sharp UI ontop of it – unclear if this is the Smile UX found on the Chinese/Asian models.
Date added/updated: 1 September 2018 – 11:02
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