The Aquos Mobile SH-03L is the new iteration of the business-class secure camera-less feature phone. Its predecessor was the SH-02K, released in the Winter 2017/2018 collection.
This line of mobile phones is stripped of all entertainment functions and lacks a camera in order to be able to be used in maximum-security premises where you are now allowed to carry any type of photographic device. What the SH-03L is focused on is then security and durability.
This model features a larger receiver ("deka receiver"), which is about 15% bigger than that on the SH-02K, and a "smooth talk" functionality thatnks to advanced VoLTE, to improve ease of listening and clarity of speech, especially in noisy environments.
The vibrator has also been enlarged by 40% (in comparison with the SH-02K), so it is easy to detect in incoming call.
The SH-03L is waterproof (IPX5/8), dustproof (IP5X), and shockproof (MIL-STD-810G). An improvement over the predecessor is the implementation of the "intellignet charge" functionality that we find on the flagships such as Aquos R2 and R3.
Both the phone storage and the microSD card (up to 32 GB) have their contents encrypted to prevent information leakage in case of loss or theft. Using the function restriction tool, it is possible to disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, tethering, browser, etc. and enforce a screen lock or restrict calls to certain destinations (e.g. only exisitng phone book contacts).
The SH-03L has a convenient voice memo shortcut – press and hold the side key and recording starts, with the voice recording specially developed for convenient use at meetings/negotiations.
The phone has full support for international radio frequencies, so it will work on LTE, 3G, and GSM networks worldwide. VoLTE compatibility is implemented for high-quality audio during calls. To further aid clarity of hearing, the SH-03L comes with a high sound pressure level received, which enables you to hear the other party even in noisy environments.
In addition to standard emial protocols such as POP3, IMAP4, SMTP, the SH-02K also supports MS Exchange profiles (enterprise email for the business) so that you don't miss out on those high-priority company emails.
The quick-open push button on the hinge now also activates manner mode, in the unlikely event you forget to enable it in a meeting or on the train.
Like you typical flip keitai, it comes with a 3.4-inch main QHD display and an external 0.9-inch EL organic sub-display for quick diusplay of notifications.
Supported connectivity methods include Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4 GHz only), Bluetooth 4.2, and Infrared. The SH-03L is equipped with mobile wallet functionality (Felica only), Area Mail for earthquake warnings, and GPS.
The processor details have not (yet) been announced. The Aquos Phone SH-03L has 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of ROM.
The phone's operating system is a heavily customised Android that has been stripped of all its entertainment – but very importantly, all its Google tracking functionalities. Sharp/Docomo do not specify which version has been used as its base.
The SH-03L weighs 124 grams, measures 115 x 51 x 17.2 mm, and is only available in blue-black.
Date added/updated: 16 May 2019 – 07:15
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