Sharp Aquos S3 mini: a frameless face scanner for $ 250

By: Bohdan Chub | 21.03.2018, 10:24
Sharp Aquos S3 mini: a frameless face scanner for $ 250

The first smartphone Sharp in 2018 was a relatively inexpensive Aquos S3 mini with a frameless design and a cutout at the top of the screen for the front camera.

What do we have here?

Sharp Aquos S3 mini is equipped with a 5.5-inch display with a 17: 9 aspect ratio, Full HD + (2040x1080 pixels) resolution and a color coverage of 135% of sRGB. Due to the thin frames on the three sides, it occupies 87.5% of the front panel. For the speed of response eight-core processor Snapdragon 630. There are 6 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of embedded, supported by microSD cards.


The main 16-megapixel camera received f / 2.0 optics and a sensor with large pixels 2 μm in size, and in poor lighting the smartphone can combine four pixels into one to improve the quality of the images. The front 20-megapixel camera supports face recognition and can be used to unlock the device.

The fingerprint scanner is also there - it is built into the button below the screen. The case is glass, with a metal frame. The capacity of the battery is 3020 mAh, a symmetrical USB Type-C port is used for charging. The usual 3.5-mm headphone jack is not, like an NFC chip. As the operating system, Android 7.1.1 is used, with the interface Smile UX changed to unrecognizable.

How much is?


In China, sales of Sharp Aquos S3 mini will start on March 30 at a price of 1,599 yuan, which is equivalent to $ 253. A good option for those who do not like "full screen" smartphones with the top frame. The model is located just between the lower and the top versions of the Sharp Aquos S2, which managed to fall in price to $ 240 and $ 350, respectively.

In the near future, the company will also release the flagship Sharp Aquos S3 with a wide "bang" in the style of the iPhone X.