STS ASIA, Japan – A new model of an Android One handset was released today by Sharp – the Aquos S3.
The Sharp Android One Aquos S3 is fairly compact phone with a 5-inch 1080p IGZO display, powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage via microSD. It doesn’t have a fingerprint reader but has a USB-C port for charging and wired data transfers.
There’s also 2700mAh battery which might not last a full day. At least, it runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
What makes it unique from any other Android One devices is that its dust and waterproof body. The Japanese company also claims that it can survive a few drops from a height of 1.2 meters, due to its sturdy casing.
Camera-wise, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera with a single LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera for taking selfies. No fancy dual-cameras and stuff.
As with any Android One, it runs pure Android and will have timely updates as new versions are released.
It is now available in Japan only at four colors (Turquoise, Navy Black, White and Pink) at a price of JPY 32,400 / USD 300 or ~PhP15,000. Availability for other markets is still uncertain.
Learn more about the phone here (in Japanese).