The Sharp M1 (known as AQUOS M1 or Sharp MS1 in other markets) is the mid-range offering from Sharp. It comes with respectable specifications and comes in at price point which caters and fits a good amount of budgets.
The Sharp M1 comes with an 8-core MediaTek MT6753 processor which is clocked at 1.3GHz with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The storage capacity of the device can be expanded by microSD card with up to 64GB additional memory. The M1 comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It’s also equipped with 13-megapixel front and back cameras. The later comes with f/2.2 aperture with an 80-degree wide angle lens and LED flash while the former comes with autofocus and a 77-degree lens. The device is capable of LTE connectivity, WiFi 802.11 b/g/ connectivity and GPS. It’s powered by a 2600 mAh battery.
That’s pretty impressive specifications for a device coming in at RM899 (USD$200.87). The main reason you’re looking at this article is for the device’s first impressions.
The first thing you’ll realise about the Sharp M1 is the build of the smartphone. For one priced at RM899, the device looks like one you would expect at a higher price range. While looks are impressive, in the hand, the Sharp M1 is definitely a mid-range device. The devices impressive looks are not backed by much heft. The lack of heft brings the device’s plastic materials to light. While plastic, it does seem like the device will be durable enough. It also has an impressive trim which feels like metal but we’ve yet to confirm it.
The device’s 5.5-inch screen is definitely prominent on the front plate of the device but the overall device doesn’t feel too imposing. Powering the screen on, you see a display flanked by long black bars on either side. This is perhaps the one design choice that irks me the most. But it seems like it could be one which was done on purpose to maintain the aspect ratio and pixel count of the screen.
The Sharp M1 undoubtedly runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, it has a unique approach to the interface which we’ll be covering in length in our in-depth review. The overall layout and user interface of Sharp’s take on Android will be slightly more confusing than any other on the market. This will true even for veteran users of Android.
I haven’t had the time to test out the cameras on the Sharp M1, but do stay tuned for our in-depth review of the device for sample pictures and also details on the camera’s interface.
Overall, I’m intrigued to see what the Sharp M1 can do and also how it performs in everyday usage. It’s given a bit of a mixed first impression primarily due to the interface but other than that there haven’t been any stand out negatives.