Monsters from Asia: the newly announced Sharp Aquos mini is a compact powerhouse21
Compact smartphones are a dying breed in the Android realm, especially if you're looking for a one hand-friendly but powerful device. With the exception of Sony and its Z Compact line, most every other manufacturer has deserted the field, focusing instead on larger high-ends. Thankfully, the likes of Japanese Sharp continue to remind us why that's a shame.
On the inside, the Aquos mini SH-03H earns the above title of a powerhouse, though it probably won't impress specs nerdists. The phone is equipped with a hexa-core Qualcom Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 graphics processor and 3GB of RAM. Storage is listed at 16GB, though microSD card expansion is available.
As for the camera combo, we've got a 13.1-megapixel main snapper with wide, f/1.9 lens, an LED flash, and optical stabilization. The camera is capable of slow motion video up to 2,100 frames per second, though that's obviously a (rather convincing) software effect more than anything. Up front, the Aquos mini SH-03H is equipped with a wide-angled, 5-megapixel selfie snapper with a field of view of 83 degrees.
All of the above is powered by Android Marshmallow on the software side, and a 2,810 mAh cell on the hardware one.
Finally, Rakuten Mobile offers the Sharp Aquos mini SH-03H to locals for the equivalent of about $20 per month, stretched out over two years. Outright, the phone costs about $435. Not a bad deal for a device this rare.
This story is part of:Monsters from Asia (49 updates)
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