Sharp Aquos S2
Sharp Aquos S2

Sharp today officially released the Aquos S2 at an event in China as was reported last month. Apart from launching a new iteration of a minimal bezel design that the company pioneered with their Aquos Crystal released in 2014, this is officially the company returning to China.

Design and Hardware

We have been hearing about the Sharp Aquos S2 since late March with rumours circulating about the Japanese company working on a bezel-less design. This is officially borne out in this release. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch IGZO panel based display with a resolution of 1080 x2040 giving us a resolution of 17:9 but if we discount the notification tab space at the top we get a traditional 16:9 display. This is because the notification tab space has a selfie camera space cut out just like the premium Essential PH-1. The display is angularly cut at the top corners instead of being square or rounded off.

Sharp Aquos S2

Flip the phone over and you get treated to a 5D single piece glass back which seamlessly holds all components. The smartphone has a vertically placed dual camera module with a dual-LED CCT flash below it. Overall the smartphone does give off a very premium feel with its minimal tri-bezel design which makes it one of the few smartphones without a top bezel.

On the specifications front, there are two variants of the smartphone. The base model comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The higher end variant sports the Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. Apart from this, both smartphones are more or less the same; featuring a dual camera module at the back composed of a 12-megapixel and an 8-megapixel sensor. Featuring dual-pixel technology this device is capable of capturing images with the bokeh effect. Selfie duties are handled by an 8-megapixel sensor up front.

Sharp Aquos S2
The camera module on the handset detailed

Both devices also sport a hybrid dual-SIM slot which can accommodate two nano-SIM cards or one SIM and a microSD card (128GB). The bottom surface of the phone comes with a USB Type-C port flanked by speaker grilles. The Type-C connector not only juices the 3020mAh battery unit inside the device but also comes with an adapter to take 3.5mm audio peripherals since the S2 dispenses with the 3.5mm audio jack.  S2 doesn’t have an audio jack but it there is a Type-C audio cable adapter in the box along with a case. The device also sports an NFC module.

Finally, the Aquos S2 ships with a new UI skin called the Smile UX which features a smart assistant built into it.

Pricing and Availability

The Sharp Aquos S2 would be going on sale from the 14th of August at 1000 Hours China Standard Time. The base model (Snapdragon 630) will retail for ¥2799 ($420) and the higher end model will set you back by ¥3499 ($520).

The Aquos S2 will be available in Crystal Black, Glazed White, Blue and Mint Green colour options. Currently, the company has only announced the smartphone for the Chinese market and we are unsure if it will be brought to any other market