Sharp Aquos S3 abandons bezel-less lead for a notch

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Sharp has been working on a new Aquos phone. We’re looking forward to the Aquos S2’s follow-up since this particular device has introduced the possibility of an almost bezel-less phone. It somehow started the trend together with the LG G6. The idea was then followed-up by the notch design as shown off and started by the Essential Phone and the iPhone X. Several OEMs followed like LG, OnePlus, OPPO, Huawei, ASUS, and Nokia. Not all brands agree though with the design like Samsung and HTC. As for Sharp, you,’d think it would simply improve on the bezel-less design but interestingly it’s implementing the notch.

The Sharp Aquos S3 was recently spotted in South Korea sporting what appears to be a chin and a wide notch similar to the OnePlus 6, the new Xiaomi phone, LG G7 ThinQ, and ZTE Iceberg. We’re curious as to how and why the designers decided on the notch when the older model is already advanced. Why forget about the bezel-less design for a notched display? Your guess is as good as mine.

The Aquos S3 was spotted on TENAA with the the S3 mini before the official announcement. It’s only now the phone is reaching the mobile market and people are wondering about the notch. It’s really not unusual but the notch is unnecessary if the predecessor is already bezel-less. We can agree Sharp has always been ahead of its time but now it’s going backward. Or so it seems.

To review, the Sharp Aquos S3 comes equipped with a 6.0-inch screen with 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution, 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 630 processor, 3200mAh battery, 64GB onboard storage, dual 12MP and 13MP cameras, and a 16MP selfie shooter. The standard features are ready as well: WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, NFC option, and USB Type C. The fingerprint sensor is on the front doubling as the home button. Color options include Gold, Black, and Blue.

We know the smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo topped by the Smile UI already but an Android One version from SK Telecom was recently spotted in Taiwan. There is no formal and official announcement yet by the company but we’re assuming the rollout will be widespread anytime soon in Taiwan first, then South Korea, maybe Japan and then the rest of the world where the Sharp Aquos S3 is being marketed. The decision to go Android One is somehow expected since mid-rangers run more smoothly with the lighter version of Android. We’re assuming the phone will perform better with Android One.

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June 18, 2018 at 03:02AM