When you lack inspiration, they say it’s good to look back. Sharp took that took heart when designing its newest budget Android One device, the Sharp Android One S3, because it looks like a device from five years ago.
Android One is Google’s stripped down version of Android that is meant to work on low-end smartphones. Sharp is the latest company partnering up with Google to produce one of these devices and the Sharp Android One S3 is the end result—a wondrous budget device that turns back the clock.
We have to start with how it looks. The Android One S3 will be available in four pastel colors: green, black, pink and gold. Each offers a laid back version of the color namesake; it’s not anything flashy but it does stand out. The most striking detail is the body design. It appears to be in a aluminum case, but it’s hard not to notice the similarities to polycarbonate devices from Nokia and Apple that roamed the market five years ago. The S3 brings to mind these devices with the singular colorful shell and the dark display with chunky bezels dominating the top and bottom lip.
Don’t let the body fool you though, it is tough as nails. Sharp’s Android One device is IP68 rated and shock resistant.
Unlike its body, the internals of the Android One S3 are much more modern. It features a plus-sized 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 2,700mAh battery. Those specs won’t stand out against premier Android flagships, but as Android One devices go, it should perform admirably.
Sharp’s Android One S3 will only be available in Japan through Y! Mobile. It will retail for JPY 32,400, or about $300.