Rakuten are also launching a less beefed-up version of the mid-range Sharp Aquos sense series, the Aquos sense4 lite. It rolled out to shops and online on 12 November 2020.
This is Sharp's first phone that supports eSIM (by Rakuten Mobile), this way you can use two SIM cards with it.
The Rakuten Aquos sense4 lite appears identical to Docomo's Aquos sense4 basic – it comes with a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 px, made using the IGZO LCD technology. The display has one small cut-out at the top centre to accommodate the front-facing camera. It is capable of reproducing a rich colour gamut compatible with the digital cinema standard (DCI-P3).
The Aquos sense4 basic main selling point is one week's battery life (if used approx. 1 hour per day), which is perfectly achievable thanks to energy-saving IGZO tech and to a huge 4,570 mAh battery. This is the largest capacity battery Sharp have ever installed on a mobile device.
It is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor, has 4 GB of RAM (like the Docomo SH-41A but unlike the Y!mobile A003SH that only has 3 GB) and 64 GB of built-in storage (ROM), which can be expanded using microSDXC cards of up to 1 terabyte memory size. Sharp claim that the new processor ensures about 2.2 times better performance than the previous Aquos sense3 model. Graphics processing has been improved 4.2 times.
Improved heat dissipation design guarantees that the Aquos sense4 won't feel like a hot brick in your hands after half an hour of watching video or playing a game.
The Aquos sense4 lite is made from aluminium and has alumite dyeing with a texture that is difficult to peel off ir scratch. It is also resistant to bending and twisting.
The Rakuten lite version of the Aquos sense4 is like the Y!mobile basic version in that it has one camera sensor less than the Docomo SH-41A (which has three: standard, wide-angle, and telephoto):
The inner camera sensor is 8 megapixels, f/2.0, wide-angle 78°, focal length equivalent 26 mm).
The Aquos sense4 lite is naturally equipped with face recognition and fingerprint recognition. A long-press of the fingerprint sensor activates the payment application, there is the Scroll Auto function that automatically scrolls content while reading, the Clip Now feature for quick and easy screenshots, and the Easy Mode that enlarges text and icons to make them easier to read for the elderly.
This device is also suitable for corporate use thanks to compatibility with the sXGP standard for a high-security level and stable network communication.
The Rakuten Aquos sense4 lite is waterproof, dustproof, and shock-resistant.
The following communication frequencies are supported by the Rakuten version:
LTE (FDD): 2100(B1), 1900(B2), 1800(B3), 900(B8), 850(B5), 800(B18/B19), 700(B12/B17) MHz;
LTE (TDD): 2500(B41), 1900(B39) MHz;
W-CDMA: 2100(I), 1900(II), 900(VIII), 850(V), 800(VI/XIX) MHz;
GSM: 1900, 1800, 900, 850 MHz
Only the Docomo version (SH-41A) has an FM radio tuner.
The Rakuten Aquos sense4 lite received un upgrade to Android 11 on 2 February 2021. The upgrade to Android 12 rolled out on 9 May 2022.
The Aquos sense4 basic measures 148 x 71 x 8.9 mm, and weighs 176 grams. Y!mobile offers the following choice of colour: light copper, silver, and black.
Date added/updated: 9 May 2022 – 13:14
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