Domestic high cospa maho “AQUOS sense4” & “AQUOS sense4 lite” review


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Equipped with basic performance that surpasses rival machines while maintaining functionality

Domestic high cospa maho “AQUOS sense4” & “AQUOS sense4 lite” review

The latest model “AQUOS sense 4” of Sharp’s popular smartphone “AQUOS sense” series has appeared. It is a high-cost model with processing performance that is more than twice as high as the previous model while maintaining the functionality that is easy to use, and quickly won the first place in the popularity ranking (as of November 25, 2020) at Kakaku.com. ing.

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Inheriting functionality such as waterproof / dustproof / toughness body, sterilization sheet support, Osaifu-Keitai, etc.

“AQUOS sense” is now a series of smartphones that represent Sharp. The latest generation “AQUOS sense 4” series is available in a wide variety of models. In addition to the NTT DoCoMo version “SH-41A” (37,224 yen) and the SIM-free model “SH-M15” for general distribution (35,900 yen, the lowest price on November 25, 2020.com), the main camera Rakuten Mobile’s exclusive “AQUOS sense4 lite SH-RM15” (29,819 yen), which has some simplified functions such as dual cameras, is the cheapest for Ymobile, which omits the fingerprint authentication sensor and reduces the memory from 4GB to 3GB. There is a derivative model called the model “AQUOS sense4 basic A003SH” (23,760 yen, hereinafter “A003SH”). In addition, 5G compatible “AQUOS sense5G” and large screen model “AQUOS sense4 plus” will be released in the future. Among them, this article will focus on the SIM free model “AQUOS sense4 SH-M15” and the Rakuten mobile version “AQUOS sense4 lite SH-RM15” (hereinafter referred to as “AQUOS sense4 lite”).

The body size of both machines is about 71 (width) x 148 (height) x 8.9 (thickness) mm, and the weight is about 177g for the “AQUOS sense4” and about 176g for the “AQUOS sense4 lite”. The display is an approximately 5.8-inch IGZO liquid crystal that supports 2,280 x 1,080 full HD + display. Compared to the previous model “AQUOS sense 3”, the display is 0.3 inches larger and the width and height are each expanded by about 1 mm, but they are almost the same level. The weight is about 10g (about 11g for “AQUOS sense4 lite”), but this is largely due to the increase in battery capacity from 4,000mAh to 4,570mAh.

The body is slightly larger, but the impression when I pick it up remains the same.Sharp's original IGZO liquid crystal will continue to be used for the display

The body is slightly larger, but the impression when I pick it up remains the same.Sharp’s original IGZO liquid crystal will continue to be used for the display

Like the previous model, both models have IPX5 / 8 grade waterproof specifications and IP6X grade dustproof specifications, and can be used in the bathroom or wiped with a disinfectant sheet containing alcohol. In addition, the US Department of Defense procurement standards “MIL-STD-810H” and “MIL-STD-810G” are waterproof (immersion), waterproof (raindrop), dustproof, dustproof (wind dust), shockproof (drop), and vibration resistant.・ Sunlight resistance ・ Moisture proof ・ High temperature storage (fixed) ・ High temperature storage (variable) ・ High temperature operation (fixed) ・ High temperature operation (variable) ・ Low temperature operation ・ Low temperature storage ・ Temperature durability (temperature impact) ・ Low pressure storage ・ Low pressure operation ・ Freezing It has cleared 19 items of (condensation) and freezing (freezing), and is tough enough.

In addition, the FeliCa port will continue to be installed, but it has been strengthened so that “Mobile Suica” and “Mobile PASMO” can be used together (as of November 19, 2020, SH-41A and A003SH have been confirmed to work).

In addition to waterproof, dustproof and toughness performance, a body that can be wiped with a disinfectant sheet containing alcohol

In addition to waterproof, dustproof and toughness performance, a body that can be wiped with a disinfectant sheet containing alcohol

New features include a “Pay trigger” that allows you to launch an electronic payment app by pressing and holding the power button or fingerprint sensor, and a launch button for the voice assistant “Google Assistant.” In addition, in response to the significant improvement in basic performance, the “gaming settings” that were installed in higher-end models such as the higher-end series “AQUOS R 5G” have also been installed in this machine.

Three buttons lined up on the right side.Power button on the left, Google Assistant launch button in the center, volume button on the right

Three buttons lined up on the right side.Power button on the left, Google Assistant launch button in the center, volume button on the right

Press and hold the power button to activate

Press and hold the power button to activate “Pay Trigger”. You can also assign the camera activation by pressing twice

Pay triggers are not limited to electronic payment apps, but can also be assigned to launch cameras and various apps.

Pay triggers are not limited to electronic payment apps, but can also be assigned to launch cameras and various apps.

Equipped with the

Equipped with the “gaming settings” that were installed in the high-end models “AQUOS zero” series and “AQUOS R 5G”.In addition to environment settings that allow you to concentrate on the game, such as restrictions on notification touch operations, you can also perform screen recording, search for capture information, etc.

In addition to the normal home screen,

In addition to the normal home screen, “AQUOS Easy Home” is also available

High basic performance that “Genshin” operates at a practical level while being in the 30,000 yen range

The basic specifications are the same for both the “AQUOS sense 4” and “AQUOS sense 4 lite”. The SoC “Snapdragon 720G” for the middle range is combined with 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and a microSDXC memory card slot that supports up to 1TB. The OS is Android 10. As with the previous model, it guarantees up to two OS version upgrades for two years after its release, and the latest software environment can be used up to the Android 12 generation.

Both the processing performance and the graphic performance of the “Snapdragon 720G” have greatly evolved, and according to Sharp, it has achieved a performance improvement of 2.2 times compared to the previous model. When the actual processing performance was measured using the standard benchmark application “AnTuTu Benchmark”, the overall score was 267,328 (breakdown CPU: 101,706, GPU: 72,740, MEM: 47,370, UX: 45,512). The score of “AQUOS sense 3” was 114,802 (breakdown, CPU: 43,349, GPU: 16,729, MEM: 32,268, 22,456), so the score has certainly improved more than twice (both are the values ​​measured with version 8.0X). ). The score of OPPO Reno3 A, which is close to this unit in terms of functionality such as being equipped with a waterproof and dustproof body with FeliCa, was 181,891 (breakdown, CPU: 80,188, GPU: 34,159, MEM: 44,689, UX: 32,855). There is a considerable difference compared to.

AnTuTu benchmark results. The one on the left is this machine, the one on the right is OPPO Reno3 A, and the one on the right is

AnTuTu benchmark results. The one on the left is this machine, the one on the right is OPPO Reno3 A, and the one on the right is “AQUOS sense 3”.The score has more than doubled from the previous model, but there is a big difference with the competing current model “OPPO Reno3 A”

Attention will be the graphic performance score “GPU”, which is more than four times better than the previous model. When I actually tried it in some games, the improvement in graphic performance was remarkable, and the drawing level could be raised by 2 ranks compared to “AQUOS sense 3”. When I played the open field RPG “Genshin” (made by miHoYo), one of the smartphone games that requires the highest level of processing performance and graphic performance at present, it worked fairly lightly if the image quality setting was “low”, and it was “medium”. Even if I pulled it up to, it worked at a practical level with some dropped frames.It can be said that the processing performance and graphic performance of this machine are outstanding for a product in the 30,000 yen range.

The recommended spec is

The recommended spec is “Genshin” which is “Snapdragon 845” or higher, but this machine can be played without problems if the image quality setting is suppressed to “Medium” or lower.

The load status on the device when the image quality setting is set to

The load status on the device when the image quality setting is set to “Medium” in Genshin (orange bar at the top right of the screen).It’s a considerable load, but not enough to exceed the hardware limits

Communication functions that differ depending on the model, such as DSDV and eSIM support

As mentioned at the beginning, there are various variation models of “AQUOS sense 4”, and there are big differences especially in communication functions. The NTT DoCoMo version “SH-41A” and the Ymobile version “A003SH” are basically single SIM versions with SIM lock, but the “SH-M15” for general distribution has two nanoSIM card slots. DSDV (Dual SIM Dual VoLTE) compatible model. On the other hand, “SH-RM15” for Rakuten Mobile is a DSDV with one eSIM and one nanoSIM card slot. The “SH-M15” and “SH-RM15” are compatible with NTT DoCoMo, au, Ymobile (Softbank), and Rakuten Mobile’s VoLTE.

“SH-M15” and “SH-RM15” have many compatible bands, and many SIM cards distributed in Japan can be used, such as supporting VoLTE of 4 carriers. Also, since it is a DSDV, it seems good to use the SIM card of a communication carrier with cheap voice calls and the SIM card of MVNO with cheap data communication together. The eSIM provided in the “SH-RM15” is an electronic version of the SIM card information, which can be downloaded and used via Wi-Fi. It is to have issued a status quo eSIM in the country, but just Rakuten mobile and IIJmio, KDDI also from subsidiaries “KDDI Digital Life”, plans to start a service to the prospect of the next spring. The country is also supporting eSIM, and it is expected that there will be more options in the future.

The unique battery life has evolved further

One of the reasons why the “AQUOS sense” series has gained a lot of support from users is the longevity of the battery. As mentioned earlier, this unit has a built-in battery of 4,750mAh, which is 570mAh more than the previous model. In addition, due to the effect of IGZO liquid crystal, which consumes less power, manufacturers are appealing for a week of battery life. Looking at the spec table, the continuous standby time (LTE) is about 1,020 hours, the continuous talk time (LTE) is about 63.3 hours, and the continuous standby time (LTE) of “AQUOS sense 3” is about 910 hours, continuous talk time. (LTE) It has improved significantly from 48.8 hours. This verification was conducted for about 4 days, but after using it for about 3 hours a day (including 1 hour 3D game), the battery lasted for 3 days + α (less than 80 hours) from full charge. It would have been longer if I hadn’t played the game. If you use it for about an hour a day, it seems that the battery will last for about a week. In addition, it also supports the high-speed charging function “USB PD (18W)”, and can be fully charged in a minimum of 150 minutes. The “SH-M15” for general distribution also includes a USB PD quick charger that supports 18W.

Standard camera with improved image quality

The specifications of the main camera are different between “AQUOS sense 4” and “AQUOS sense 4 lite”. “AQUOS sense4” is a triple camera that combines a standard camera with about 12 million pixels (24 mm), a wide-angle camera with about 12 million pixels (18 mm), and a telephoto camera with about 8 million pixels (53 mm). Supports 3x optical zoom. On the other hand, the “AQUOS sense4 lite” is a dual camera specification of standard and telephoto, which is not equipped with a wide-angle camera, and has an optical zoom of about 2.2 times from the standard camera. Both front cameras have 8 million pixels.

The camera on the left is

The camera on the left is “AQUOS sense4 lite” and the camera on the right is “AQUOS sense4”. “AQUOS sense4 lite” will be a dual camera specification without a wide-angle camera

Below is an example of a still image using the main camera of “AQUOS sense 4”. Shooting is done in the default “AI Auto” mode.

Taken with a wide-angle camera

Photographed a row of ginkgo trees during the day. The yellow leaves of ginkgo and the blue sky are quite vivid, but there is no big difference from the impression with the naked eye.The surrounding area is a little rough

Photographed a row of ginkgo trees during the day. The yellow leaves of ginkgo and the blue sky are quite vivid, but there is no big difference from the impression with the naked eye.The surrounding area is a little rough

Taken with a standard camera

Switch the same scene as above to the standard camera and shoot. The details of the leaves are well reproduced.Also, there is little difference in color tone due to switching cameras.

Switch the same scene as above to the standard camera and shoot. The details of the leaves are well reproduced.Also, there is little difference in color tone due to switching cameras.

Taken with a telephoto camera

Switch the same scene as above to the telephoto camera and shoot. The tone is consistent even when switching cameras.In addition, I focused on the ginkgo tree on the left side of the center, but it seems that it is in focus on the sky in the background.

Switch the same scene as above to the telephoto camera and shoot. The tone is consistent even when switching cameras.In addition, I focused on the ginkgo tree on the left side of the center, but it seems that it is in focus on the sky in the background.

Taken with a standard camera

Taken with a standard camera.The texture of the wood grain of the bowl and table is well reproduced, and no color cast can be seen.

Taken with a standard camera.The texture of the wood grain of the bowl and table is well reproduced, and no color cast can be seen.

Taken with a wide-angle camera (AQUOS sense4)

Take a picture of the city at dusk. Hand-held shooting and long-exposure camera shake are suppressed, but color noise is generally noticeable.The details of the building are not very clear

Take a picture of the city at dusk. Hand-held shooting and long-exposure camera shake are suppressed, but color noise is generally noticeable.The details of the building are not very clear

Taken with a standard camera

Taken with a standard camera.It has much less noise than wide-angle and telephoto cameras, and the details are relatively clear, resulting in the clearest finish.

Taken with a standard camera.It has much less noise than wide-angle and telephoto cameras, and the details are relatively clear, resulting in the clearest finish.

Taken with a telephoto camera

Switch the same scene as above to the telephoto camera and shoot. In addition to the color noise, some of the distant view lighting has turned purple.However, camera shake is relatively suppressed.

Switch the same scene as above to the telephoto camera and shoot. In addition to the color noise, some of the distant view lighting has turned purple.However, camera shake is relatively suppressed.

Compared to the previous model “AQUOS sense3”, the main camera of this unit has improved response in general, and the image quality of the standard camera in particular has improved considerably.On the other hand, the telephoto camera and the wide-angle camera, which is omitted in “AQUOS sense3 lite”, are a little weak for shooting in the dark, and there is a tendency for noise and color cast to appear.

If you can buy a smartphone for the 30,000 yen range, the best choice at the moment

Cost performance is strongly required for smartphones in the 30,000 yen range to which this unit belongs. The cost performance of smartphones is generally strong in overseas manufacturers such as China, where mass production is easy, but this machine is a model of a domestic manufacturer, but it has achieved higher cost performance than rival machines.

Looking for products with FeliCa and waterproof and dustproof bodies in the same price range, OPPO Reno3 A is popular, but this machine has the advantage of being a tough body as well as having high basic specifications. As a product equipped with the same SoC as this machine, there is Xiaomi “Redmi Note 9S” that can be purchased for the first half of 20,000 yen, but this is not equipped with FeliCa. As a smartphone that can be bought for the 30,000 yen range, this unit can be said to be the best choice at present.

Takumi Tanaka (Editor)

Takumi Tanaka (Editor)

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