Sharp today launched the Aquos S3 Mini in China, an affordable smartphone with average specifications and an edge-to-edge screen design that looks surprisingly common.
This is essentially the same design that Sharp has been using for years. A few months ago, this design was highlighted by its narrow bevels and a screen that occupied almost the entire front of the device. But Sharp has not changed much about its design in recent years. Meanwhile, a parade of new smartphones have adopted this same aspect. And then, what until recently was an outstanding design, now ends up looking … average.
The Aquos S3 mini has a 5.5-inch curved glass screen with a notch (gasp) and a miserable 87.5 percent screen-to-body ratio with a slightly higher resolution than 1080p. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and has 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage and a 3.020 mAh battery.
It is a dual SIM device with a USB type C port that still runs on Android 7.1 Nougat. It has a 16 megapixel rear camera and a 20 megapixel selfie camera with portrait mode. It also has facial recognition and a fingerprint sensor located under the screen. Sharp says that any method can unlock the phone in 0.1 seconds.
It comes in black, blue or gold, and costs 1599 CNY ($ 252.80). It is obvious that a common color is missing among Asian phones, fire red, so at least Sharp differs from the others in that aspect.