Sharp have just announced a SIM-free version of the Aquos sense4 under model name SH-M15, sales scheduled to start from 27 November 2020.
Aquos sense4 is the base model among this year's Aquos sense4 options of which we have seen a lite, basic, and a plus. The SH-M15 is the same as the Docomo version announced earlier, the SH-41A.
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 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.
It is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor, has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of built-in storage (ROM), which can be expanded using microSDXC cards of up to 1 terrabyte 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 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 Aquos sense4 has evolved in terms of photography, too. There are now three camera sensors on the rear of the phone:
The inner camera sensor is 8 megapixels, f/2.0, wide-angle 78°, focal length equivalent 26 mm).
The Aquos sense4 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 SH-M15 supports dual SIM cards (both DSDV compatible). The range of supported radio frequencies is as follows:
LTE (FDD): 2100 (B1) / 1800 (B3) / 900 (B8) / 850 (B5) / 800 (B18 / B19) / 700 (B12 / B17) MHz;
LTE (TDD): 2500 (B41) / 1900 (B39 / sXGP) MHz;
W-CDMA: 2100 (I) / 900 (VIII) / 850 (V) / 800 (VI / XIX) MHz;
GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz.
The Aquos sense4 is waterproof, dustproof, and shock-resistant.
The Aquos sense4 measures 148 x 71 x 8.9 mm, and weighs 177 grams.
The SIM-free SH-M15 is available in light copper, silver, and black.
Originally released running Android 10, the SH-M15 received the upgrade to Android 11 on 24 February 2021.
Date added/updated: 24 February 2021 – 08:43
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