US$200 Sharp Aquos 507SH is a Blue Sapphire in Japan

Sharp, a company known for cash registers and components for other company’s devices, has stepped back into the smartphone ring with the Sharp Aquos 507SH.

An Android One device, the Sharp Aquos 507SH (Peter, 2016, July 6) runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and may get Android Nougat very soon, making it a solid alternative to the Nexus 5X. However, the Sharp Aquos 507SH, like the Nexus 5X, is a Japanese only deal.

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Expect a price of around US$200 for this device, making it of interest to Jamaicans with relatives with a Barrel (Deer, 2015, November 12) to spare in Japan!

So what, aside from its Android Nougat potential, makes the Sharp Aquos 507SH so special?

Sharp Aquos 507SH – Blue Sapphire in Japan

The 5” screen is made of 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 with rounded edges, a relief for pockets in an era of squarish smartphones. This protects an IGZO LCD with 720p resolution. Albeit it has such a large screen, overall it weighs in at 135g with dimensions of 142 x 71 x 8.8mm.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow rides on a Snapdragon 617 chipset supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is can be expanded on via the 32GB microSD Card slot. Still, I suspect that the Sharp Aquos 507SH  may have slow loading times for certain Apps, such as Facebook (Deer, 2016, February 13) and Messenger that demand a lot of the Processor and Memory.

Sharp Aquos 507SH Announced as Japan’s First Android One Smartphone

The 13 Megapixel Rear-Facing Camera shoots 1080p video and the 5 Megapixel front-facing camera takes great selfies. Also, it’s great on the beach as the dust and water resistant IP58 rating means it can take a dunkin’ under 1m underwater for longer than 30 minutes.

But the real surprise is the battery; at 3,010mAh with a Quick Charge option, I’m beginning to like this Android One Device even more. So despite the lacklustre specs, Sharp Aquos 507SH shines bright like a Blue Sapphire in Japan, Rihanna Style.


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