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Sharp Aquos S3 ‘World’s Most Compact 6-Inch Smartphone’ Launched

Japanese electronics giant Sharp has introduced the Aquos S3 smartphone in Taiwan, just a few days after the Aquos S3 Mini was unveiled in China. Dubbed the “most compact 6-inch smartphone in the world”, the Sharp Aquos S3 has a marginally more compact width and height compared to the LG V30, which previously held the record. But, in order to accomodate a near-bezel-less experience, the smartphone has a front-facing notch that houses the front camera and certain sensors. Priced at TWD 11,990 (roughly Rs. 26,700), the Sharp Aquos S3 will be made available in a Black colour variant in Taiwan starting April 1.
Sharp Aquos S3 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Sharp Aquos S3 runs the company’s custom Smile UX on top of Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. The phone sports a 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) with a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, paired with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM.

In the camera department, the Sharp Aquos S3 comes with a dual rear camera setup that gets a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 13-megapixel secondary sensor with features such as 2x optical zoom, f/1.75 aperture, and 6P lens. The front camera has a single 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and AI-enabled portrait mode. It also supports Face Unlock. The smartphone has 64GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). There is a 3200mAh battery under the hood, with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

Connectivity options on the Sharp Aquos S3 include NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS/ A-GPS, and GLONASS. Sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass, gyroscope, fingerprint sensor, magnetic sensor, and proximity sensor. Dimensions of the phone are 148.2×74.2×7.98mm and weight is 165.4 grams.

Sharp Aquos S3


Release date March 2018
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 148.20 x 74.20 x 7.98
Weight (g) 165.40
Battery capacity (mAh) 3200
Colours Black


Screen size (inches) 6.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels


Processor 2.2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128


Rear camera 13-megapixel
Rear Flash LED
Front camera 16-megapixel


Operating System Android 8.0
Skin Smile UX


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes


Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes