SoftBank is the first Japanese carrier to officially announce availability of the Aquos R5G, which Sharp announced less than 3 weeks earlier (17th February 2020). The first Japanese 5G device will sell under model name 908SH.
The Aquos R5G is capable of 5G connectivity and 8K video recording.
The 5th Generation IGZO display has a diagonal size of 6.5 inches and a resolution of 1440 x 3168 pixels (4K). 10-bit colour processing delivers one billion colours and ensures the Aquos R5G display covers the Adobe RGB gamut – the same as in professional monitors. Also supported are Dolby Vision and U-NEXT HDR.
The device even comes with Adobe Photoshop Express pre-installed.
Audio playback is top-notch, as in earlier Aquos Rs: two speakers on each narrow side of the phone to deliver stereo sound, enhanced with Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res, including for wireless playback.
Sharp have also upped the ante on the cameras game – now FOUR of them! One telephoto, one super-wide angle, one standard-angle, and one time-of-flight (ToF) camera to measure the distance to the object using near-infrared light.
The telephoto camera is 12.2 megapixels and has an aperture of f/2.7. It also has 2x optical zoom.
The standard camera is also 12.2 megapixels but the aperture is f/1.7.
The super wide-angle camera is 48 megapixels and has an aperture of f/2.9.
Both the telephoto and the standard cameras have optical image stabilisation (OIS). In addition, there is electronic image stabilisation (EIS) for video-shooting.
When 8K wide content (7680 x 4320 px) is captured, you can enjoy focus playback, that is you can zoom-in on an area of the video.
Also available are features found on previous Aquos R phones such as AI Auto, AI Live Story, and AI Live Shutter.
The inner (selfie) camera is 16.4 megapixels and has an aperture of f/2.0. It's also equipped with the Aquos Beauty feature to conceal various "defects" the subject's face might have.
To power all of this, the latest and greatest of Qualcomm's processors is used: the Snapdragon 856 5G. A whole lot of RAM megabytes have been poured in – 12 GB (LPDDR5), and the built-in storage memory is 256 GB (UFS3.0+). Storage memory can be expanded using microSDHC cards of up to 1 terabyte!
The new Wi-Fi 6 standard is supported: IEEE802.11 ax, alongside the older 1/b/g/n/ac. The Bluetooth version is 5.1.
Both One Seg and Full Seg digital terrestrial TV are supported – it's been a while since the Sharp flagships ditched it but now it's back. Biometric authentication is naturally available, too: face and fingerprint recognition.
The SoftBank model will support the following radio frequencies:
NR (TDD): 3700 (n77) MHz
LTE (FDD): 2600(B7)/2100(B1)/1900(B2)/ 1800(B3)/1700(B4)/1500(B11)/ 900(B8)/850(B5)/800(B18/B19)/ 700(B12/B17/B28) MHz
LTE (TDD): 3500(B42)/2600(B38)/ 2500(B41/AXGP)/2300(B40) MHz
W-CDMA: 2100(I)/1900(II)/1700(IV)/ 900(VIII)/850(V)/800(VI/XIX) MHz
GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
The Aquos R5G measures 162 x 75 x 8.9 mm and weighs approximately 189 grams.
SoftBank will be offering the Aquos R5G 908SH in earth blue, black ray, and aurora white.
The 908SH will be sold at 129,600 JPY (or 1224 USD at the current going rate), which is the most expensive Japanese phone to date. Those who want to spend this s**tload of money on a phone, as gorgeous as it might be, will be able to do so as of 27 March 2020.
The Softbank Aquos R5G was initially released running Android 10. The upgrade to Android 11 rolled out on 30 March 2021.
Date added/updated: 30 March 2021 – 10:00
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