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Sharp Aquos V: late to the party by two years

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It has been a quiet year for the Japanese conglomerate, and with the release of Sharp Aquos V – it seems like they are late by two years in joining in the party. Here’s why…

Earlier this year, we were presented with the Aquos Zero which has the following specs:

  • 6.2-inch Quad HD+ OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2992 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio or ~536 ppi density
  • Bezel-less screen
  • Fullview display
  • Front glass, aluminium frame
  • IP68 certification with dustproof and waterproof up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.6 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor, Adreno 630 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • 22.6MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, 22 mm, PDAF, OIS, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture, 23 mm and HDR
  • 128GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Dolby Atmos sound system
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3130 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • January 2019 release date
  • 19,990 New Taiwanese Dollar or ~649 USD

Aquos Zero hit a lot of sweet spots, provided you have the money to own one. Large 6.2-inch screen with Quad HD+ resolution and the amazing OLED technology, great protection, great hardware, great camera and great sound system is what you will get from this device. But that was earlier this year, what about now?

Fast forward to today, and with the holiday season soon upon us; let’s check out what the Aquos V has to offer:

  • 5.9-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~409 ppi density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera: 13MP with f/2.0, PDAF and OIS + 13MP with B/W, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and HDR
  • 64GB internal storage with microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3090 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2019 release date
  • 6,990 New Taiwanese Dollar or ~229 USD

Quite a huge difference right from the Aquos Zero? One is considered a flagship, while the Aquos V is more of a mid-range smartphone. What is even more surprising, is the fact that you can consider it as a flagship it was launched in the year 2017.

Nevertheless, you will get a good 5.9-inch Full HD+ IPS screen with a fingerprint sensor: nothing extra, nothing special to add-on to it.

Under the hood of the Aquos V, you will find the Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with a fast Kryo octa-core processor, excellent graphics and 4GB RAM. Still fast enough to run most modern apps and games that are out there in the market.

In terms of camera, this is where the Aquos V gets stuck in time. With most other manufacturers coming out with triple or four cameras on their smartphone, here we find it with just a 13MP+13MP dual primary camera. To add salt to the wound, there’s only an 8MP selfie camera that makes the package complete.

Storage-wise, there’s plenty to be had here with the 64GB internal storage offering just the right amount of storage. Should you need more space, just pop in a microSD card that you can easily add up to 256GB of additional space.

Finally, the 3090 mAh battery provides enough power to last the Aquos V for at least a full day of charge.

Conclusion:

Sharp Aquos V can be seen as living in the year 2017, with not much new features that can excite the market. With everyone else coming out with newer technology, seems like the Japanese manufacturer decided to release an ‘old but gold’ smartphone for everyone.

Sharp Aquos V had just been released for 6,990 New Taiwanese Dollar or ~229 USD. There’s only one colour option available which is Black.

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