The Sharp Aquos S2 shares a striking resemblance to the Essential PH-1, thanks to the notch in the display. The similarity in the design even prompted a statement from Andy Rubin who expressed his disappointment in Foxconn’s CEO. Foxconn owns Sharp and is also owns a stake in Essential. For the Aquos S3, Sharp has ditched the design of the Essential Phone and embraced that of the iPhone X.
Live images of the unreleased phone has surfaced again, giving us a look at the successor to the Aquos S2 which by the way is just six months old.
These live photos of the Sharp Aquos S3 correspond to previous leaks. Within the notch is a camera on the left and a grille for the earpiece in the middle. There is a sensor too but it is not visible.
Unlike last year’s model which has its fingerprint scanner buried beneath the home button, the Aquos S3 has its own on the rear. The dual rear cameras are still vertically positioned and there is a secondary mic above it and a LED flash below.
It appears the back is made of glass but it could also be a NCVM coating like that of the 360 N6 Pro. Whichever one it is, we are sure it is not brushed metal like that of the Aquos S2, though this will be a fingerprint magnet.
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The Aquos S3 was supposed to launch on January 16 but unfortunately didn’t. No explanation was given and there is no new release date yet either. Whenever it does launch, the phone is expected to come with a 5.99” FHD+ display, a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It should also have a 3100mAh battery.