• Technology: IGZO
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Touch sensor: In-cell
  • Size: 5.5 inches
  • Resolution: 2160 x 1080 px

Rear camera

  • Photo: 12 MP
  • Video: 4K
  • Image Stabilisation: Electronic
  • Aperture: f/2.0
  • Wide-angle: 83°

Front camera

  • Photo: 8 MP
  • Video: FHD
  • Image Stabilisation: None
  • Aperture: f/2.2
  • Wide-angle: 86°

Operating system

  • OS: Android
  • Release: 9.0
  • Latest: 11

Processor & memory

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (SDM630)
  • Cores: 2 x 2.2 GHz & 2 x 1.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB
  • microSD: 512 GB


  • Waterproof: IPX5/IPX8
  • Dustproof: IP6X
  • Shockproof: MIL-STD-810G

Japanese virtual mobile operator Rakuten is the first to introduce the new mid-range phone of the Aquos sense line: Aquos sense3 lite, SH-RM12. It comes with the impressive promise of "1 week battery life", which is possible thanks to the huge battery savings only an IGZO display can offer.

It's as yet unclear if this is the 5th generation IGZO that the Aquos R3 flagship boasts.

The screen on the Aquos sense3 lite measures 5.5 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (18:9).

It is powered by the Snapdragon 630 processor, which is said to bring some 15% boost in CPU performance and 60% in graphics processing in comparison with the Snapdragon 450 found on last year's Aquos sense2.

The amount of available RAM has been upped a bit: from 3 GB to 4 GB, while the built-in storage space has been expanded twofold: from 32 GB to 64 GB. microSDXC storage cards are supported to increase available storage by up to 512 GB.

The 12-megapixel rear camera now uses a large-pixels sensor and is advertised as performing great in low-light conditions – with aperture size f/2.0 it should be decent. It's also a wide-angle (83°) sensor equipped with electronic image stabilisation.

The selfie camera is 8 MP, f/2.2, wide-angle (86°).

The phone supports the now pretty standard face authentication and fingerprint authentication methods.

Like all other Sharp phones, the SH-RM12 is equipped with a dedicated 3.5-mm audio jack and capable of playing high-resolution audio in WAV and FLAC formats. This terminal supports Qualcomm® aptX ™ audio / Qualcomm® aptX ™ HD audio.

The Aquos sense3 lite measures 70 x 147 x 8.9 mm (W x L x D) and weighs 166 grams which makes is a hefty piece of phone.

Of course, it is both waterproof (IPX5/8) and dustproof (IP6X). It is also shock resistant (MIL-STD-810H).

Location positioning: the Aquos sesnse3 lite is compatible with GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS (MICHIBIKI).

The colour variations for the Aquos sense3 SH-RM12 are: light copper, silver white, and black.

On 10 June 2021, the final major upgrade for this phone rolled out – to Android 11.

Date added/updated: 10 June 2021 – 10:23


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