This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Sharp has announced the AQUOS sense5G, the company's first low-cost 5G smartphone.
The price is undisclosed, but according to a Sharp spokesperson, 'It is expected to be in the same price range as the current AQUOS sense3, which is sold in the 30,000 yen range.
5G smartphones have mainly been high-end machines that cost more than 100,000 yen, but the price will be lowered to the 30,000 yen range in one fell swoop.
The reason for this is that Qualcomm, which develops the Snapdragon series at the heart of smartphones, has been launching a series of 5G-enabled chipsets for budget devices. Until recently, 5G support was limited to the Snapdragon 800-series chipsets for higher-end devices, but the 700-series chipsets came out this spring, followed by the 600-series chipsets later this year, and then the 400-series chipsets next year.
Sharp's AQUOS sense5G also uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 690, which not only supports 5G, but also has the advantage of a much-improved processor performance compared to the SoC in the AQUOS sense3, which was released last year, and runs apps faster.
The AQUOS sense5G has only 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is due to its low price.
Just the right size to aim for the sweet spot that sells
When you actually hold the device in your hand, you can see that it is comparable in size to its predecessor, the AQUOS sense3, which was a huge hit, selling 3 million units. It's easy enough to operate with one hand and is just the right size.
The display uses a 5.8-inch Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) IGZO LCD. It's also equipped with a 4570mAh battery, which is the largest in the history of AQUOS smartphones, and is said to provide a week's battery life with light usage of about an hour a day and 23 hours of standby.
It has three cameras: a 35mm-equivalent 24mm standard lens (12 megapixels), a 53mm 2x optical lens (8 megapixels), and an 18mm wide-angle lens (12 megapixels). All of these cameras are equipped with electronic image stabilization. This camera configuration is also common in high-end smartphones. Other manufacturers are also moving toward multiple cameras in low-end smartphones, and the AQUOS sense5G also keeps this trend firmly in check.
At home, tethering is automatically turned on
Even if you buy a "5G phone," in most cases, you won't see the value of 5G in today's world where 5G content is still in its infancy.
That's why Sharp has included "Tethering Auto" in this device as a unique feature that gives you the appeal of 5G. This feature automatically turns on tethering only when you're at home. For example, if you're a single person, you don't have to bother with a fixed line at home, but with the AQUOS sense5G and a 5G contract, your computer and TV will automatically connect to tethering so you can enjoy the Internet.
Although unrelated to the 5G, the AQUOS sense5G is also optimized for cashless payments, which are also the focus of a 'new normal' required to overcome COVID-19. In addition to FeliCa support, it will also feature a Pay Trigger, which allows users to activate any cashless payment method by pressing and holding the fingerprint sensor.
The AQUOS sense5G is also IP68 waterproof and dustproof. It's a low-cost device but has the same rich specifications as its predecessor, the AQUOS sense3.
It will be released in spring 2021, and if you can't wait, you might as well buy the 4G version too.
The AQUOS sense5G was announced on September 11, but it will not be released until well into spring 2021. In the meantime, the AQUOS sense4, which has the same design and performance, but does not support 5G, will be released in the fall or later. Since the 5G area is still in the process of expanding, users who don't need 5G may opt for the AQUOS sense4. In addition, the sales channels and carriers for both models have not been announced yet.
The AQUOS zero5G basic, a 5G phone that isn't as cheap as the AQUOS sense5G, but is priced on par with the upper mid-range, will also be released this fall. This is a higher-grade model with a Snapdragon 765G and an OLED display that can be rewritten 240 times per second.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.