On 4 December 2018, Softbank announced the release of the next iteration of their Android One series, the Android One S5, codenamed S5-SH. The phone will also be available on Softbank's subsidiary, Y-Mobile. Sales are expected to begin late December 2018.
As is typical for this entry series Android devices, the S5 has nothing to impress with, but sounds like a very good machine that will give you just enough of all things smart.
The Android One S5 comes with a 5.5" IGZO display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+). This season's IGZOs boast even better energy efficiency than before – Sharp report a 21% reduction in maximum power consumption compared with the Android One S3. Sharp advertise the phone as being able to last over 3 days on a single charge and those of you have an IGZO phone should know this is easily accomplished.
The display utilises the Rich Color Technology Mobile found on Aquos TVs and corresponds to the DCI-P3 digital cinema standard for vivid colour reproduction for both photos and videos.
Since the display uses the new 18:9 aspect ratio, the phone's body is only marginally longer than that of the Android One S3, but the narrowing of the top and bottom bezels has made it possible to fit in half an inch more. Brightness has also been increased, Sharp stating the impressive 47% boost.
The main camera has a 12-megapixel sensor with the pixel sensors now 25% larger than before to allow for the passage of more light and thus yield higher quality night-time or low-light shots. The camera uses the ProPix engine for a wide dynamic range, realistic texture, and colours. The aperture size is f/2.0. PDAF and CAF work in conjunction for high speed auto focus and little to no blur.
The selfie camera is 8 megapixels but lacks all the refinements of the main sensor. The only interesting thing about it is the Aquos Beauty feature that helps produce better selfies using options such as "beautiful skin", "small face", "hue", "brightness", and "eye size".
The Android One S5 is water-proof, dust-proof, and impact-resistant. Because this is the new generation IGZO with the touch sensors integrated with the display pixels, it is fully operable when wet.
To power the S5, SoftBank have put their money on the low-range Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450 processor which is supposed to have 20% greater efficiency than the SDM430 on the S3. The amount of RAM and ROM remain the same – 3 GB and 32 GB respectively. Storage can be expanded by up to 512 GB microSDXC memory cards.
The radio frequency bands covered by the Android One S5 are:
3G (W-CDMA): 2.1 GHz, 1.9 GHz, 1.7 GHz, 900 MHz.
FDD-LTE: 2.1 GHz, 1.9 GHz, 1.7 GHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 700 MHz.
TDD-LTE (AXGP): 2.5 GHz (Japan only).
GSM: 900, 1800, 1900 MHz.
Supported Wi-Fi standards include a/b/g/n/ac on 2.4 GHz and 5.x GHz. The Bluetooth version is 4.2. GPS is supported.
The Android One S5 lacks Osaifu-Keitai/NFC, OneSeg TV, Infrared, and fingerprint authentication.
The device measures 71 x 148 x 8.1 mm and weighs 149 grams. The entire body of the phone is made of aluminium. It will be offered in cool silver, dark blue, and rose pink.
Date added/updated: 4 December 2018 – 15:58
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