SHARP is at it again with the new sharp aquos s2. The Aquos S2 is a mid-range device in Sharp’s lineup.
The standout feature for it is the edge-to-edge display that Sharp was the first to bring to market with the Aquos Crystal three years ago
Taking a close look at this Smartphone, one would notice it shares an amount of similarities with about two or three devices. The full view screen resembles that of Essential phones while the rear (back), particularly the placement of the dual rear camera resembles that of several renders of the iPhone 8.The Aquos S2 is a relatively compact smartphone by today’s standards. The main focus of the design is the screen-to-body ratio, which Sharp pegs at an impressive 87.5%. All in all, the device comes pretty sleek and handy. The Sharp Aquos S2 has a dimension of 141.8 x 72 x 7.9 mm and weighs 140 grams. Very lightweight.
At the top of the display, the secondary camera is placed at the middle and beneath it is the home button which is also the fingerprint sensor. There are no other physical buttons here, as Sharp has opted for on-screen navigation controls.
The sides of the Aquos S2 are the only place you will see metal. The edge has a prominent crease that makes it blend into the curvature of the back. On the right are the volume and power buttons, also made out of metal with polished chamfered edges. On the right is a hybrid dual SIM/microSD card slot. At the bottom is the USB-C connector with a loudspeaker and a microphone. There is no headphone jack on this phone.
The back of the phone is made out of glossy plastic, which is an incredible fingerprint magnet and nearly impossible to keep clean. Near the top is the dual camera system with a sizable bump, and a two-tone LED flash.
The rear camera is a dual camera set-up. The lenses are made of a main 12 MP snapper with f1.8 aperture, a dual pixel phase detection autofocus and an assisting 8 MP lens. There is also a LED flash placed beneath the two lenses.
The front camera is an 8 MP camera in charge of selfie duties and video calls and chats.
Sharp’s fascination with iOS continues here, with the camera having all its modes listed down at the bottom and you can just swipe between them. One of them is the Pro mode, which lets you adjust the shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focusing.
The Sharp Aquos S2 comes with a 5.5 inch In-Plane Switching LCD capacitive touchscreen. The display is of pretty high quality as it has a display resolution of 1080 x 2040 pixels and an equally high pixel density of 420 ppi. Being a full-view display device, it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection to protect the phone against shattering and easy breakage.
The Sharp Aquos S2 comes out of the box with a non-removable 3,020 mAh battery. The battery charges relatively faster as the device comes with the Quick Charge version 3.0. Despite the seemingly small 3020mAh battery, the efficient Snapdragon 630 processor in our review unit barely sips power, making going through an entire day of use easy.
Hardware and Software
A powerful and fast 2.2 GHz Octa core Cortex A53 processor runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset. The device also handles all phone operations with ease and without lagging or getting hot as it houses a large 4 GB RAM and Android v.7.1.1 Nougat OS.
The built-in storage is pegged at 64 GB and can be expanded up to 256 GB using the second SIM card slot. There’s also a second variant of the Sharp Aquos S2 that comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM.
Scrolling and such was all performed admirably and we weren’t often left wanting for more performance.
Gaming performance too was alright as long as we didn’t push the graphics settings to the max in some of the titles. All the games ran in 16:9 just like all the apps but in this case the area around the notch was just left blank.
As for other aspects of the performance, we liked the quick and accurate fingerprint reader that was located conveniently on the front. The network and wireless performance was also as one would expect it to be. Lastly, the single loudspeaker at the bottom was indeed quite loud but also tinny and best used at medium volume.
- It is lightweight.
- The display is very large, so it is perfect for watching videos or playing games.
- The screen looks good.
- It has a high-grade CPU, so you can play 3D games without encountering stuttering.
- The picture quality of the cameras is on the average.
Based on my personal evaluation, this is one the best deal that you’ll be able to find on a smartphone of this price (which is $129.99).