Not all the rumored features we were expecting from the recent leak came true for the Sharp Aquos S2, but we instead got something better in return — much better.
As it turns out, the Aquos S2 is a midrange device blessed with a 5.5-inch 1080p resolution display that covers most of the front panel. Look at how sleek it is:
That doesn’t sound so impressive at first — premium phones like the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xiaomi Mi Mix have already spoiled us — but the Aquos S2 has a distinct advantage: The price starts at CNY 2,499 or roughly US$ 370!
That’s amazing for a phone that looks like this. On top of that, the Aquos S2 takes advantage of Qualcomm’s newest midrange processors, the Snapdragon 630 and 660. The former is matched with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage, while the latter (and more powerful chip) comes with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.
What’s missing from the expected features are the under-display fingerprint sensor and 4K resolution for the screen, but those could appear on a higher-end variant to follow.
Other specifications include a pair of vertically placed 12- and 8-megapixel cameras on the rear, slim fingerprint scanner on the bottom bezel, and fast charge-capable 3020mAh battery.
The phone is going to be sold in China beginning August 14. Those who fall into the “rest of the world” category will have to wait for further announcements.