Sharp Basio 2 Is An Oddball Of A 5-incher With Physical Phone And Message Buttons

By 12:32 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 Comments

Sharp has come up with a rather unorthodox smartphone offering, likely limited to its home Japanese market. Looking at the specsheet alone there's nothing all that spectacular about the Basio 2 SHV36 (except perhaps its name) - a 5-inch 720p IGZO display, Snapdragon 617 chipset with an octa-core CPU, 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and 16GB of storage create for a run of the mill midranger.

After a glance at the photos though, it immediately becomes evident that the Basio 2 is no ordinary smartphone. While it does run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, its control arrangement has small in common with the standard Back/Home/Recent setup. Okay, the Home button is there, but you acquire Phone and E-mail buttons on its either side, all three of them physical.

The two give quick access to the dialer and call log, and emails and text messages, respectively, and also feature built-in LEDs for notification. On top of that, literally, the bottom portion of the display can be reserved for three shortcuts to frequently used contacts. Another software feature is a built-in magnifier, and by now, it should've gotten clearer who the Basio 2's taracquire audience is.

Sharp Basio 2 SHV36

The peculiarities continue on the back, where the 13MP capturing camera is protected by a sliding cover - like in the fine recent days. The Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash is on the outside though, presumably to be used as a flashlight when the capturing camera is covered. Additionally, there's a physical shutter button.

Another vital feature is the IP55/IP58 certification for protection from the elements.

Those curious bits aside, the phone comes with standard connectivity options, including Cat. 6 LTE, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, and Bluetooth v4.2. The battery powering things is a 2,810mAh unit.

The Sharp Basio 2 SHV36 will be available starting August 5 in three colors - blue, red and gold.

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