On 2 March 2021, Sharp announced a SIM-free version of the Aquos sense5G, model name SH-M17, with sales beginning on 12 March.
Outwardly, the Aquos sense5G is nearly identical to the base model Aquos sense4 – the differences are all under the hood.
The Aquos sense5G 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. No visual difference to the Aquos sense4.
The IGZO display installed on the Aquos sense5G supports 120 Hz touch response.
The Aquos sense5G main selling point remains (like on the Aquos sense4) the one-week battery life (if used approx. 1 hour per day), thanks to energy-saving IGZO tech and to a huge 4,570 mAh battery – even with 5G communication.
Unlike the Aquos sense4, the 5G version is powered by a Snapdragon 690 5G, which is not as powerful as the 720G but supports 5G connectivity. The amount of installed memory remains the same, too: 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of ROM, but storage has been upgraded to the UFS type. This explains why performance on the Aquos sense4 is estimated to be 2.2 times greater than that of last year's Aquos sense3, while performance on the Aquos sense5G is advertised as 2.4 times greater.
In terms of camera, everything stays the same as on the Aquos sense4: there are 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 sense5G 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.
The Aquos sense5G measures 148 x 71 x 8.9 mm – the same as the Aquos sense4 – however, the weight is 178 grams. It will be available in light copper, olive silver, and black colour variations.
The Aquos sense5G rolls out running Android 11.
The SIM-free version's supported radio frequencies are as follows:
5G: n77 / n78 / n79
LTE: B1 / B2 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B28 / B38 / B39 / B41 / B42
3G: B1 / B2 / B5 / B6 / B8 / B19
GSM: 850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900 MHz
The SIM-free SH-M17 version of the Aquos sense5G will be available in light copper, black, and olive silver (just like the SoftBank version).
Date added/updated: 5 March 2021 – 07:10
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