Sharp Aquos R6 launched with 240Hz Pro IGZO OLED display and 20MP 1″ sensor
Sharp may not have much brand recognition as a smartphone maker, but their devices are really quite impressive. The latest to come from the Japanese company is the Aquos R6, the world’s first device to tout a 240Hz Pro IGZO OLED display and 20MP 1″ camera sensor. In fact, it seems that Sharp is so confident in the Aquos R6’s camera that it only has one camera, unlike the other flagships in the market.
1″ 20MP camera with Leica Summicron optics!
They probably have good reason to be this proud of the camera though. The Aquos R6’s single camera is developed with Leica’s input in everything from the R&D process all the way to the image processing algorithm. The 7-element lens touts a really wide f/1.9 aperture, and is also sports the Leica Summicron branding. It also boasts of a rather wide 19mm equivalent focal length, presumably to bridge the gap between the ultra-wide and wide cameras you have on most flagships in the market today.
Sharp expects you to use digital zoom to get closer to your subject, with them boasting of an algorithm to improve the image quality. But with only 20MP to play with, I do worry about the result of the final image, unless Sharp has decided to use actual sensor crop for zooming in, and not try to upscale it back to the 20MP resolution. In any case, the 20MP 1″ sensor does seem very promising when it comes to dynamic range and sensitivity, given that the pixels are absolutely huge.
One downside of packing such a huge sensor is the inability to offer OIS, and Sharp only equipped the Aquos R6 with electronic stabilization. There’s a 3D ToF sensor to support the camera, presumably to improve its autofocusing performance. There really isn’t a need for a 3D ToF sensor for software blurring, since the 1″ sensor and f/1.9 aperture will allow for more optical bokeh than most people might want.
240Hz Pro IGZO OLED display
The 6.6″ display on the Aquos R6 is amazing for more than just its industry-leading 240Hz refresh rate, but also for its ability to go down to as low a 1Hz. That allows for great improvements in terms of efficiency. On top of that, it can display the full 1.07 billion colors, with a peak brightness of 2000 nits. There’s Dolby Vision too to improve your experience watching movies on it.
Sharp didn’t try to go all out on the bezels, and we can still see bezels at the top and bottom, unlike most recent flagships today. They also didn’t try to cram the 12MP selfie camera in the bezel, and instead the Aquos R6 gets a punch hole camera. Under the display, Sharp used the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, which apparently covers 11x the area of the average fingerprint scanner in the market.
Aside from the above two groundbreaking features, the Aquos R6 is a pretty standard 2021 flagship device. It packs the Snapdragon 888 mated to 12GB RAM and 128GB storage, with a large 5000mAh battery to power it all up. Unlike most of the 2021 flagships, it does have a 3.5mm jack though.
Aquos R6 Specs
- Snapdragon 888, octa-core up to 2.84GHz, 5nm
- 12GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- 6.6″ WUXGA+ (2730 x 1260) 240Hz Pro IGZO OLED display
- 20MP f/1.9 1″ camera + 3D ToF sensor
- 12MP selfie camera
- 5000mAh battery
Pricing is currently unknown, but it will be offered by NTT and Docomo by mid-June in Japan. Global availability will most probably be non-existent, but one can consider grey imports, if you are so inclined to get the Aquos R6.
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