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Sharp Debutes New Aquos R6 Phone With a 1" Sensor

Sharp Electronics, a name that isn't well known in the smartphone industry has debuted its new Aquos R6 phone with a new trick up it's sleeve; a enormous 1" sensor, the biggest yet fitted to a smartphone, and was jointly developed with Leica:

 

From GMSArena, Engaget and DP Review:

 

https://www.gsmarena.com/sharp_aquos_r6_is_a_flagship_with_one_camera_and_a_huge_1_1_sensor-news-49137.php

 

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Sharp has announced the Aquos R6 smartphone for the Japanese market - a flagship with only one functioning camera on the back, but one that comes with a huge 1” sensor. It is the biggest camera sensor put in a mobile phone ever, and it was developed jointly with Leica all the way from R&D through lens design to image quality adjustment.

https://www.engadget.com/sharps-aquos-r-6-smartphone-has-a-1-inch-sensor-and-2000-nit-display-084637650.html

 

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We don't hear much about Sharp's smartphones these days, largely because they're only available in Japan and a select few other regions. However, the company has just unveiled a new model, the Aquos R6, that's loaded with interesting tech, as Engadget Japan has reported. That includes a Leica-branded camera with a very large sensor that raises a few questions about Leica's relationship with Huawei. 

 

https://www.dpreview.com/news/6700690282/sharp-aquos-r6-smartphone-puts-a-22mp-1-inch-sensor-behind-leica-branded-summicron-lens

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Sharp isn’t exactly known for its mobile devices, but its new Aquos R6 smartphone (translated) makes quite the statement with its 20MP 1-inch rear camera and 240Hz display.

 

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Beyond the jaw dropping 1" sensor on the phone, this appears to be a fairly typical high end smartphone; it is equipped as follows:

 

  • Snapdragon 888 chipset;
  • 12GB RAM + 128GB of storage, plus up to 1TB of microSD expansion;
  • 1" sensor with 20MP resolution behind a Leica Summicron 19mm (full-frame equivalent) F1.9 lens with electronic image stablization;
  • 12.6MP F2.3 selfie shooter;
  • variable-framerate ‘Pro IGZO OLED’ 6.6”display WUXGA+ (2,730 x 1,260 pixels) with a claimed max 2,000-nits of brightness;
  • underscreen fingerprint scanner with the first application of Qualcomm's 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint authentication system capable of using two fingers to authenticate at the same time;
  • 5,000mAh battery;
  • IPX5 / IPX8 / IP6X ratings for dust and water resistance;
  • USB-C port, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack;
  • Ships with Android 11;
  • Available in black or white

The phone is initially going be available in Japan starting this June, and it is unclear if availability will expand to other nations.

 

In general, this seems like a fairly competent flagship smartphone with a lot of interesting features; I hope Sharp will release the phone to other markets outside of Japan. The only major omissions appears to be a lack of wireless charging and the lack of an IP68 water and dust resistance.

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gross, curved glass/screen.

 

seriously, if people are that big about taking photos, just get a proper camera.

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I'm more interested in the display tech, can we have 240Hz IGZO OLED monitor maybe?!

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It's gonna be a miracle if this thing ever gets a single software update, let alone actual full OS update. Like 3/4 of Android phones. Who even says "Yes I want a Sharp smartphone"? Japanese users maybe?

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11 minutes ago, RejZoR said:

It's gonna be a miracle if this thing ever gets a single software update, let alone actual full OS update. Like 3/4 of Android phones. Who even says "Yes I want a Sharp smartphone"? Japanese users maybe?

Depends on android version too. Google is now forcing minimum support on newer android versions.

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Also a 1 inch sensor has been done before on the likes of the panasonic cm1 and well I doubt the results will be much different compared to back then.

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Why don't they just make a sensor that takes up all the space on the back and have a built in tripod on the bottom?

If it ain´t broke don't try to break it.

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1 hour ago, RejZoR said:

It's gonna be a miracle if this thing ever gets a single software update, let alone actual full OS update. Like 3/4 of Android phones. Who even says "Yes I want a Sharp smartphone"? Japanese users maybe?

Aquos R5 got 3 years of updates. They have a pretty ok track record in Japan

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