Sharp have decided to release the slightly bigger and better variant of the Aquos sense3, the plus, as a SIM-free device, under model name SH-M11, with sales beginning 25 December 2019.
Like the AU version, this Aquos sense3 plus puts a strong emphasis on sound quality: enhancing viewing experience, Dolby Atmos®-compatible stereo speakers for Hi-Res audio have been installed on the device, one on the top edge and one on the bottom, capable of delivering three-dimensional and realistic, immersive sound.
Of course, the focus of any smart device today is its screen, and Sharp never fail to impress: the 6.0" display has a resolution of 2220 x 1080 px and an 18.5:9 ratio. Amazingly, this mid-ranger also uses the 120 Hz IGZO found on the flagship devices, and also employs technologies such as Rich Color Technology Mobile, Outdoor View for automatical adjustment of brightness and colour to make the display easy to view in the bright sunlight, and Virtual HDR for a jaw-dropping viewing experience. And, as expected from all IGZO displays, it beats any other manufacturer's in terms of energy-saving and sensitivity.
Being a mid-range device, the Aquos sense3 plus SH-M11 is powered by a Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor and has 6 GB of operating memory. There's plenty of onboard storage with 128 GB ROM option, which can be expanded suing microSD cards of up to 512 GB size.
This is the second (after the Aquos sense3 SH-M12) phone Sharp are releasing in Japan that supports two SIM cards (DSDV-compatible), both LTE-enabled. In addition, the sXGP standard is implemented to ensure high security and stable network communication, making it the ideal phone for corporate use (Android Enterprise Recommended).
This is Sharp's first non-flagship phone to feature two rear cameras: one "standard" 12.2-megapixel camera with aperture size of f/1.8 and 76° focal length, high-speed auto-focus, electronic image stabilisation and subject-blur correction capability. The second camera has a 13.1-megapixel super-wide-angle (123°) sensor with f/2.4 aperture, electronic image stabilisation, subject-blur correction/ Both cameras can create Sharp's last year's flagship innovation, AI Live Story, where the artificial intelligence image processor automatically composes a short video clip of the best frames captured while shooting.
Selfie-maniacs don't have much to drool over: the inner camera has an 8-megapixel sensor that is wide-angle (80°) and has an f/2.2 aperture size.
Connectivity-wise, the Aquos sense3 plus has everything you could want: support for all Wi-Fi speed standards (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, InfraRed, Osaifu-keitai/NFC, face authentication, fingerprint authentication.
GPS technologies supported include: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, GALILEO, QZSS (Michibiki).
The radio communication frequencies the Aquos sense3 plus SH-M11 covers are:
LTE: Band1 (2.0GHz) / Band2 (1.9GHz) / Band3 (1.7GHz) / Band4 (1.7GHz) / Band5 (850MHz) / Band8 (900MHz) / Band12 (700MHz) / Band17 (700MHz) / Band18 (800MHz) / Band19 (800MHz) / Band28 (700MHz) / Band41 (2.5GHz)
3G: Band1 (2.0GHz) / Band2 (1.9GHz) / Band4 (1.7GHz) / Band5 (850MHz) / Band6 (800MHz) / Band8 (900MHz) / Band19 (800MHz)
This is a rather tall phone, measuring 160 x 75 x 8.7 mm (H x W x D), and not particularly light-weight with its 175 grams.
Unlike the earlier Aquos sense and Aquos sense2 models, where the back cover is aluminium but with a surface coat of paint, which means they are prone to scratching and peeling, the Aquos sense 3 employs alumilite dyeing for the aluminium back cover – the metal itself is dyed – guaranteeing no peeling, hipping of paint or discolouration.
Originally released running Android 9, the SH-M11 received its upgrade to Android 10 on 13 July 2020. The upgrade to Android 11 is available from 17 August 2021.
The SIM-free SH-M11 colour variations are: moon blue, black, and white.
Date added/updated: 17 August 2021 – 10:54
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