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SHARP Z2 Global Version 5.5" IPS FHD / 4GB / 32GB / B28 / Type-C Smartphone USD $106.98 (~AUD $139.45) Shipped @ LightInTheBox

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Beating current Tomtop's price by a whopping $10 USD and ALL previous LITB's posts, including legendary member Clear's post - making this just under $140 AUD for a reasonably good specs phone with band 28, type-C USB port, and global version. Unfortunately, no NFC which is a minus point from me.

Available in Gold or Silver colour choices.

Here is a comparison with the Xiaomi A1 which is also a great phone on budget (runs Android One, same 4GB RAM, also has Gorilla Glass, no B28 and NFC, price is nearly double the Sharp Z2)

Xiaomi A1 vs Sharp Z2

Specifications (thanks Clear):

  • 5.5" FHD 1920x1080 Display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Android 6.0
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB Storage (Supports MicroSD Card)
  • MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797 Deca-Core CPU
  • Mali T880 GPU
  • 3000mAh Battery (Supports PE Fast Charge)
  • USB Type-C / Fingerprint Reader / Infrared
  • 16.0 MP Rear / 8.0 MP Front Camera
  • GPS / WiFi ac / Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dual SIM Card (2 Nano or 1 Nano & Micro SD)
  • 3G:WCDMA B1/2/4/5/8, TD-SCDMA B34/39
  • 4G:FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8/28, TDD-LTE B38/39/40/41
  • 153mm x 75mm x 8.4mm / Metal Body / 160g
  • Notification LED

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  •  

    Would something like this be a good option to attach to the DJI Spark Remote Controller?

    • +3 votes

      No, DJI app for Android is very unstable, iOS version is much better.

      • +2 votes

        Get an iPad mini 2 cellular or above

  • +5 votes

    Xiaomi Redmi 5, has better and updated specs for the same price.

    • +7 votes

      Yes, but for some having B28 is more important or even necessary for basic use. For under $200 you can't really go wrong

      compared to what's usually available locally at regular prices. Many regular phone users don't care about major updates.

      This or Xiaomi, or other alternative, just pick what meets your needs the best.

      • +6 votes

        Hard to beat at this price, $140 FHD and 5.5" screen, USB-C.

        especially if in band 28 coverage areas, or rural and you need the distance.

        most phones get 2 years then no more unless it's samsung, even with snapdragon, it's how long a company wants to support things not the processor.

        Seems if you are into DIY and root the Z2, there is oreo (android 8).

        Question for some might be OTA to android 7 for those that aren't into DIY,

        •  

          you've mentioned upgrades in a few of these sharp z2 deals now, would be interested to see any links to roms as none to be seen.

    •  

      "Xiaomi Redmi 5, has better and updated specs for the same price."

      I don't think so https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/369382

  • +8 votes

    Careful with mediatek, you probably won't ever get a major update :(

    • +3 votes

      Yeah my MTK Redmi Note 4 has far fewer custom ROMs available than the Snapdragon version. Also all of the ones that work properly are android version 6. I'll be getting a snapdragon phone next time.

      •  

        I have a redmi note 2, we have even less than you guys. Xiaomi wont even release new android updates for it either. Still on Android 5

        I bought into xiaomi knowing they updated frequently and were much better than all the other china phone manufacturers. I wont be buying a xiaomi phone again.

        •  

          Why don't you just not buy a Mediatek Xiaomi again?

          It sounds like you bought the wrong variant of Xiaomi..

  • +4 votes

    AS point out in last post. Still not clear does it have 4G B5 (850 Hz) for Vodafone and Kogan. Because their web site still no show of 4G B5. Anyone can confirm ?

    •  

      ^^THIS^^ I tried to get that confirmed in last post, and "clear" adjusted the specs including B28, but I would love to have confirmed from someone who got this model from LIB recently that this model includes both B28 & B5.

    • -2 votes

      Does it matter? If you're on Vodafone you don't need band 28 so you can get any one of a myriad of other chinadroids which has b5.

      If you're not on Vodafone, whether this has b5 is similarly irrelevant.

      • +7 votes

        bands are good to have incase you switch carrier ….. who ditches a phone when they switch carriers ?

        Many people BYO handset when they switch.

        • +1 vote

          Sure, although I don't know many people who actually switch carriers that often. Assuming you change about once a year, by the time you change you'll probably be up for a new phone anyway. But I will absolutely agree - the more bands the better :)

        •  

          @xyron:

          To get decent internet use I have just toggled between the THREE CARRIERS in half an hour, using various phone hotspots and portable modems.

          I live ( and a few thousand more people ) in a regional semi rural festival country dead smack between Byron Bluest Fest ( on now ), and the Byron Parklands Festival site ( has Spendour in the grass and Falls festival and many more soon to come ), so lot's of hills, varying weather conditions, and of course, often major network congestion too. Telstra advertises a mobile additional truck for these times, but I'm on the wrong side of that to get benefit lol.

        • +1 vote

          @ozhunter68:
          All ya need is smoke signals to Nimbin. Ditch the phone.

        • +1 vote

          @hardya:

          Hahaha, not all of us live like hippies, but there is room for the occasional smoke/signal lol.

        •  

          rural this is where band 28 really shines, it used to be used for the old analog tv transmission as it travels better through walls, trees etc ….. if they used 1800mhz for tv few people would have had tv.

          i was in gippsland over christmas, had band 28 coverage everywhere but had to tether my sons xiaomi off my LV v20.

      • +5 votes

        It matters if you are on Vodafone and are interested in this phone.

        •  

          If you're on Vodafone, you're better off getting any of the myriad xiaomi phones with band 5, which is my original point.

        • +7 votes

          @xyron:

          But I’m interested in this particular phone and do not know if it has b5.
          Sure if it does not I could look for other phones that offer as good a value as this, but at this point in time, it’s this phone that I’m interested in. Can you not see it from any other perspective but yours?

        •  

          @bgazer: not really, because the only thing that's special about this phone amongst other chinadroids is the fact it has b28. I'm genuinely curious to know why someone who doesn't need b28 would be interested in this phone.

        •  

          @xyron:
          Price.
          The Xiaomi Redmi 5 would be a better phone, for example, but it's at least $50 more: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Global-Version-Xiaomi-Redmi-...

        • +2 votes

          it's not just B5 but also is it used for 3G or 4G if you are a voda user, that is why the phone manufactures list the bands for 3G and 4G.
          You can get phones that do band 5 for 3G but not 4G … check for yourself, Oz bargain is all care, no responsibility so you can't go to ACCC to say you were mislead by an Ozbargain member.

          there is a lot of into with your carrier on their web site as to their coverage and the bands they support in certain areas and if you want band 5 for 3G or 4G.

          All carriers support 1800mhz, hence congestion sometimes and it a high frequency so propagates differently to low frequnecies (700, 850, 900 mhz.

          4G/LTE bands

          Australia is currently using these LTE bands
          2100Mhz (B1) – Telstra (a handful of sites), Optus (Tasmania), Vodafone
          1800Mhz (B3) – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
          850Mhz (B5) – Vodafone
          2600Mhz (B7) – Telstra, Optus
          900Mhz (B8) – Telstra (a handful of sites refarmed 2G)
          700Mhz (B28) – Telstra, Optus
          2300Mhz (B40) – Optus (Vivid Wireless spectrum)

  • +2 votes

    Thanks OP.

    • +7 votes

      Any time.

  • +3 votes

    Great bang for buck, thanks for posting OP.

    For me, the better camera and Android One experience justify spending the extra on the A1, but the Sharp is better value overall I think.

    •  

      Yeab, keep banging!

    • +2 votes

      yep, I got the A1 for android one for my 11 year old, but it also cost $90 more than this deal, and my phone has band 28 so he can tether off that where data coverage is poor when we are on holidays.

  • +2 votes

    Great deal op :).
    Has a notification LED too, good stuff.

  • +2 votes

    I'm using this phone now. Awesome for the money. Camera is average though. I get 4g plus with Virgin which I never got from my old note 4. Don't know much about the specs or band to know why, but it's great.

    • +1 vote

      I don't know much about phones but I bought one of these for $150 and I can't fault it other than the camera not being as good as my wife's sony phone.

      • +1 vote

        I think the Le Eco S3 has a better camera than this.

        I would buy this phone but the x626 is so close… further I cant seem to find a PU leather case for this phone.

        •  

          Not fussed about the camera but what's the battery like?

        • +1 vote

          @treeman:

          In hindsight with no NFC I don't think I'm really interested.

    •  

      Have you been able to find a screen protector for it?

  • +1 vote

    Would this work with Vodafone/Kogan?

    Edit: Answered Above.

    Thanks all.

    Cheers

    • +2 votes

      Where? I see no confirmation of this having b5. It is not shown on the website, but it may well have it since the one on Banggood does: https://www.banggood.com/SHARP-Z2-5_5-Inch-4GB-RAM-32GB-ROM-...
      but it'll be good if we knew for certain.

      •  

        "I see no confirmation of this having b5"

        No B5 = No Voda/Kogan.

        Cheers

        • +1 vote

          As vinni9284 said
          "I see no confirmation of this having b5"

          No B5 = No Voda/Kogan.

          Cheers
          Can someone PLEASE confirm this has B5 or not…for a person who has a swag of Vodafone credit built up on a legacy plan so wants to stay on Vodafone.

        • +1 vote
        • +1 vote

          @fchis:

          Thanks fchis…still concerns me that no legitimate owner here has come out and said "yes mine does"…maybe noone is on Vodafone!

        • +3 votes

          @havebeerbelywillsumo: yeah, or maybe as long as the phone works with their sim cards, they can't be bothered checking what are the 4g bands actually compatible.

        • +1 vote

          @fchis:

          ^^This^^
          Can't be bothered checking, or don't know how to.
          Also think that for the slow LIB shipping, most people from last few current deals have not received their phones yet. Let's Hope someone can report back and confirm soon .

        •  

          @ozhunter68: so has someone told them how to check?

        • +1 vote

          gsm arena extract, it has 850, band 5 BUT on 3G, not necessarily on 4G … you can till do facebook and Google, etc but on 3G like a lot of other users if on a tower with 850mhz.

          the big appeal is band 28 for the 4G data junkies on Telstra and Optus.

          You can do facebook and google on 1800mhz for 4G on voda if that is a tower near you.

          Technology
          GSM / HSPA / LTE
          3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
          4G bands LTE
          Speed HSPA, LTE
          GPRS Yes
          EDGE Yes

  • +2 votes

    What's the cheapest phone that has NFC and B28?

    •  

      What stuff would you use NFC for these days right now besides home automation and DIY stuff?

      Android pay?

      Pay wave?

      Tap n go?

      Opal card?

      Etc?

      What else am I missing out on?

      What's the main form of payment nowadays with NFC or main uses?

      • +2 votes

        Commbank tap and pay?

        •  

          Does Westpac have an equivalent, do all banks have an equivalent?

        •  

          @AlienC: I expect so, NAB does

      •  

        Android pay

      •  

        I've been looking for NFC so I can use my Yubikey as 2FA with Lastpass Premium on a phone. But I probably would have done it only once or twice just to see if it works, it probably would be a pain in the arse way of 2FA compared to the good old paper grid, and I don't have Lastpass Premium any more.

      •  

        I just use my credit card …. its free, battery never goes flat, and I can easily choose which one I pay with .. visa, mastercard, amex from Commbank or Westpac and no special terminal is needed at the retailer.

    • +4 votes

      Sony Xperia XA. Has B28 and NFC. Seen for as low as $99.

      • +2 votes

        That was the prepaid packs which is now all but gone. Nokia 3 seems to be the replacement in the prepaid line up and has been as low as 130.

  •  

    Will it work in Japan?

  • +4 votes

    Good deal, as long as you can wait 23 years for it to be shipped from Jupiter.

    • +3 votes

      "Shipping" implies the existence of a ship, or some other powered machinery of transportation. I'm now fairly sure the phone I bought from them weeks ago is coming from the Netherlands by canoe.

  •  

    Does this phone have Dual Sim Dual Active. I want to use a phone with two working sims. My old ones can have only one sim active on 3g/4g. And as you know, it stopped working last year.

    •  

      I believe this was answered in a previous z2 post as yes, however don't take my word for it without checking. Also there's a good review of this in a previous post

      •  

        Thanks! Found it. https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/363730

        HandsomeMonkey on 28/02/2018 - 01:24

        LeRee, Le Pro 3 AI, LeEco Cool 1 Dual, Sharp Z2 (this phone) are all made by LeEco. Prices between 105-150USD. Only this one and Cool 1 Dual has microSD and 3.5mm earphone jack. The rest uses USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. All phones comes with Dual SIM 4g/3g or 3g/4g.

  • +1 vote

    It is definitely slow shipping It's been a month and I am still waiting so take note if you need this phone urgently.

    My phone is now in Australia but as to when it will reach Adelaide, I am not sure

  • +1 vote

    Has anyone successfully gained root/unlocked the bootloader on this phone?

    •  

      If i had to guess without having the phone, fastboot oem unlock from bootloader would probably work and then try flashing this https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XZdnNxF47kWY255igXlebuVIE9k...
      for recovery and then flash Supersu or Magisk (less likely to work).

      •  

        Is that not for a different phone? Filename says "Letv-X620.."

        •  

          Yeah i reckon it should work though. This seems identical.

        •  

          @morgs640: How come? Same chipset..?

        •  

          @illumination: looks like the same phone to me. Re-badged. If you are willing give it a shot try it, if you know how to backup the stock recovery do that first. If it installs then I have the Correct magisk needed and safetynet fix plus That lineage rom may even work too.

        •  

          @morgs640: Ah, I don't have the phone and I was just curious really. Was asking more so other people could see the discussion.

          I was considering this but the lack of NFC is a slight negative (I know it's cheap and not expected at this price).

          I also really want to be able to root this with Magisk and Lineage OS but googling didn't get me anywhere. Your comment is the closest to making me feel like LineageOS might be possible on this.

          So, if I knew I could install LineageOS on this, I'd probably give it a shot… haha

        •  

          @illumination: I reckon it would work but I'm not an expert I read somewhere this was a rebadged Leeco if that is correct as it seems then it should work fine. My Le S3 is running nicely with cm14.1 magisk and passes safetynet. This link has more info for my phone https://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=771106

  • +1 vote

    again, this phone is great on paper but the software support is just plain not there… last update was july 2017 still 6.0

    there is little to no hope getting 7.0 or let along 8.0

    still 6.0 is useful til google shuts it down.. then again, it is the chipmakers who refuse to release new drivers, quarcomm is the worst.

  • -1 vote

    If you want to know whats possible with this phone, checkout
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/xperia-z2

    • +2 votes

      completely unrelated phone and different brand

      •  

        Is this a re-badged Le S3?

      •  

        Yep. Looks like a forgiveable mistake though ("Z2")

  • +1 vote

    I wrote in a previous post that the LE S3 (same phone as this???) was really slow and I wasn't sure if it was the CPU or the rom. Can confirm it was the rom, flashing Lineage 14.1 on it fixes the lags.

  • +2 votes

    Decided to get it despite having no NFC. Looks like I'll get NFC on my next phone, at the moment it probably isn't a necessity.

    Hope it is good for the price, it will be my first android after my last 3 being Windows Phones.

  • +6 votes

    Just got this phone, took about a month to arrive to Adelaide.

    First impressions…..looks good for its price; feels good and fast.

    Notification LED is abit small to my liking but it works

    •  

      Thanks for the update. Also ordering to Adelaide, so around a month, that's not too bad.
      Looking forward to receiving, LED notification bit doesn't bother me.

      What's the battery life like?

  •  

    I tried to submit the Sharp Aquos S2 on Joybuy for $208 but OZB seems to have banned them.
    However, it could be another alternative to this if you are after NFC, and something a bit smaller/lighter (140g with 5.5 screen), and better battery life (SD630 with IGZO)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5PPoi6mb1U
    https://www.joybuy.com/product/SHARP-AQUOS-S2-4GB-64GB-blue-...
    https://versus.com/en/sharp-aquos-s2-vs-sharp-z2

    Pros
    Android 7.1.1
    NFC
    Band 28
    Snapdragon processor SD630
    IGZO display
    reasonable camera (no OIS though)

    Cons
    $70 more, plastic back, and "the notch".

  • +2 votes

    Expired. Lightinbox price for Sharp Z2 is now $119 USD an no free shipping.

    • +1 vote

      Thanks. Have marked post as such.

  •  

    Has anyone actually had theirs sent yet?
    Still waiting, ordered 1 week ago.

    I expected it to take away, but expected it to be sent by now!

    •  

      hi mate, your order still not ship out?

      •  

        I've cancelled it got sick of waiting.

    •  

      First they falsely advertise ships in 24hrs, wait ten days and now they now claim "After checking, there is an issue with the shipping fee. We need to firstly contact the shipping company for more details.

      Avoid Light in the Box at all costs.

      •  

        Good thing I cancelled it.

        What do you mean shipping fee?

        I ordered the more expensive joybuy sharp phone and it got sent in less than 24 hours. That's what you'd expect!

        •  

          I get you're unhappy with their service but you negged my post man. It's still a good deal but just know their warehouse has to deal with an influx of orders when the item is on promotional price so they may not have the resources to deal with.