Sharp Aquos S2, borderless screen for mid-range smartphone

Presented in China, the new smartphone from the Japanese company integrates the Snapdragon 660, has 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage and a 5.5''

As the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 approaches, coming in a few weeks, and while waiting to find out some more information about the iPhone 8, Sharp announces in China a new smartphone: the Aquos S2. This is a mid-range device with interesting features.

Let's start talking about the screen. The Sharp Aquos S2 mounts a 5.5-inch wide display without side borders. It is a Full HD+ and takes up most of the front panel. The screen-to-body ratio, i.e. the percentage occupied by the screen on the front shell is 84.95%. And that's not all. Staying on the front, the display is interrupted only to give space to the speakers and the 8-megapixel front camera. Sharp, in fact, has used on the second generation of the Aquos S a technology known as Free Form Display (FED), which allows you to "cut" the screen.

Features Sharp Aquos S2

Another important novelty concerns the fingerprint sensor. Sharp's device integrates the smallest biometric reader in the world under the screen. The sensor, in fact, measures just 3.6 millimeters. Moving on to the internal components, the surprises do not end. The Sharp Aquos 2 runs on one of the latest and most powerful processors from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 630. Again, the device from the Japanese company will be the first to mount the new SoC from the American company.

There is also a more high-performance version, which includes the Snapdragon 660 instead. This is always a recently launched platform and designed for mid-to-high-end smartphones.

Now let's move on to the photo compartment. On the rear side we find a vertically aligned dual sensor, consisting of a 12-megapixel sensor and an eight-megapixel sensor. As already anticipated, the megapixels of the front sensor are 8.

With regard to memory, the basic version of the Sharp Aquos S2 runs with 4 GB of RAM, supported by 64 GB of internal storage, while in the "premium" cut the RAM is 6 GB and the hard drive is 128 GB. Sharp's new smartphone is dual-sim, has a 3020mAh battery, which includes Quick Charge 3.0, and runs on Android 7.1.1.

Price and release date

The phone has been launched for now only in China. It can be pre-ordered and will go on sale starting August 14. The basic model costs 2499 yuan, or about 315 euros, while the price for the higher performance version is 3499 yuan, almost 442 euros.