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

Rear camera

  • Photo: 12 + 12 MP
  • Video: 4K
  • Image Stabilisation: Software
  • Aperture: f/2.0 + 2.4
  • Wide-angle: 83 + 121°

Front camera

  • Photo: 8 MP
  • Video: FHD
  • Image Stabilisation: Shake Reduction
  • Aperture: f/2.2
  • Wide-angle: 86°

Operating system

  • OS: Android
  • Release: 9
  • Latest: 11

Processor & memory

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


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

Docomo have also announced the mid-range Aquos sense3 (of which three variants are available) under the model name SH-02M in their Winter 2019/2020 collection.

The Aquos sense 3 SH-02M 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. But we don't know if this is the 5th generation IGZO that the Aquos R3 flagship boasts. It does feature Sharp's Rich Color Technology Mobile for impressive colour-rendering.

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 SH-02M 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).

The colour variations for the SH-02M are: light copper, black, silver white, deep pink.

The Docomo version of the Aquos sense3 received an upgrade to Android 10 on 18 August 2020. The update to Android 11 was released on 14 June 2021.

Date added/updated: 14 June 2021 – 09:23


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