Sharp Aquos S3 mini just hit Chinese shelves. Sharp’s newest Android smartphone looks to be a budget smartphone for those willing to forego several, but not all, flagship features but would still like an edge-to-edge screen.
The Aquos S3 mini has thin bezels and an 87.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. Its display offers a 5.5-inch curved glass IPS with 1080 x 2040 px resolution. Its front notch is barely inhibiting to the display as it houses only the front-facing camera.
Many of the under-the-hood features leave a little to be desired and likely contribute to the budget price. The Aquos S3 mini has a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable to 256GB with a microSD card. The biggest drawback is that it runs Android Nougat, version 7.1.1, a slightly older operating system.
However, the phone also has several high-end features; on the back, there’s a 16MP camera, but on the front you will discover a generous 20MP shooter with facial recognition capabilities. The device can also be unlocked via fingerprint scanning, one of the most popular biometric authentication methods we’ve seen at Mobile World Congress 2018.
Available in China for 1599 CNY (around $250), the Sharp Aquos S3 mini comes in gold, black, and blue.