Japanese carrier AU by KDDI is the first of the major three to announce the Aquos sense3 in its Winter 2019 collection, under the model name SHV45. Read below to see that it is almost the same as the Rakuten Aquos sense3 lite variant but better in certain respects.
The SHV45 is also available on AU's subsidiary UQ Communications.
The Aquos sense 3 SHV45 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 measures 5.5 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (18:9).
There has been a slight improvement in processing power in comparison with last year's Aquos sense2: the Aquos sense3 comes with 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.
On the rear we find two cameras, which is a novelty for a mid-range model. The first is a 12-megapixel rear camera that uses a large-pixels sensor and should perform fairly well in low-light conditions with its aperture size f/2.0. It's also a wide-angle (83° focal length) sensor employing electronic image stabilisation (EIS) – but only for still images. The new ProPix2 image quality engine allows correcting shooting subject blurring and the built-in AI can automatically create a "live story".
The second camera again has a 12-megapixel sensor but this one is extra-wide angle (121° focal length). Its aperture is less low-light-sensitive (f/2.4), it also employs EIS (still images only), has the subject blur correct feature and the AI live story feature.
The selfie camera is 8 MP, f/2.2, wide-angle (86° focal length).
The phone supports the now pretty standard face authentication and fingerprint authentication methods.
The Aquos sense3 measures 70 x 147 x 8.9 mm (W x L x D) and weighs 167 grams which makes is a hefty piece of phone.
Of course, it is both waterproof (IPX5/8) and dustproof (IP6X). But unlike the Rakuten variant, this one is also shock-resistant (MIL-STD-810H).
Originally released running Android 9, the Aquos sense3 received an upgrade to Android 10 on 24 June 2020.
The colour variations for the SHV45 are: soft pink, silver white, light copper, and black.
Date added/updated: 25 June 2020 – 06:33
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