Smartphone manufacturers like Sharp, Sony and HTC are really confused at times. The newly launched Sharp Aquos V is a clear example as the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
The particular chipset used to be the one that powered flagship phones two years ago, in the year 2017 and it is making a come back on this new smartphone. Sharp could have very well opted for a 600 series or a 700 series Qualcomm processor from the present.
There are phones like the Pocophone which was launched in India but managed to grab the attention of the world because it featured flagship processor and cost less than $500. The Sharp Aquos V however is a newly launched smartphone which uses a compact 5.93-inch IPS display. The bezels are large and it has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage space. It also features a 3,090mAh battery with thankfully, a Type C connector so that the phone is future proof.
In the camera department, the Sharp Aquos V uses an 8megapixel selfie camera and a 13 megapixel rear camera combined with a 13megapixel sensor. The phone surprisingly retains the headphone jack for those who really love to use their headphones and is also priced right.
At just $230, 6,990 TWD in Taiwan where the Sharp Aquos V is launched, it does sound more like an entry level phone than a mid-ranger. But, the older processor should keep it snappy for all functions and it runs on Android 9. The Sharp phone may not be the best when it comes to software updates but it should easily get you through two years of usage if you are a moderate user who is happy with limited features and updates.
Besides, there is no word on if the device would get launched in other countries and is available only in Taiwan for now. The manufacturer may focus more on the Asian market than bringing a $200 phone to USA and other countries.