Sharp is quite a popular smartphone brand in Japan. On the other hand, the company has no presence in the Indian market. This is set to change, as InFocus has announced the plans to bring Sharp branded phones to India. The collaboration isn’t surprising since InFocus and Sharp are subsidiaries of the biggest original device manufacturer Foxconn. Sharp looks to leverage on InFocus’s already laid out retail and service network in the country.
While brands like InFocus focus on budget devices, Sharp will target the niche market by launching its mid-range Aquos S2 smartphone. The segment currently dominated by OnePlus and Samsung.
The Sharp Aquos S2 was showcased earlier this year and follows Sharp’s bezel-less design philosophy with a 79 percent screen-to-body ratio. It sports a Full HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 2040 x 1080. Thanks to its super slim bezels, the phone maintains a very compact form factor.
The fascia of the Sharp Aquos S2 is identical to Andy Rubin’s Essential phone. The circular cut on the top houses a selfie camera, which has an 8 MP f/2.0 aperture. The chin area houses a physical home button with a fingerprint sensor.
The back of the phone resembles the recently launched Apple X with a vertically placed dual-camera setup. It comprises of 12 MP (f/1.8) + 8 MP with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus).
Powering the device is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor which is an octa-core clocked at 2.2 GHz. It is a dual-SIM 4G VoLTE phone with a hybrid slot.
Other key features of the phone include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, and Type-C connector. It draws power from a non-removable 3020 mAh battery. The phone comes in black, white, blue, and mint green options. The Aquos S2 is expected to be priced at Rs 22,000.