Sharp is one of those Japanese brands that does cool things. To his credit of products we find devices such as the Sharp Aquos Zero 2, a high-end from last year with 240 Hz refresh rate, or the Aquos R5G, a high-end with two notches. The Japanese company has curious products, which today adds one after the launch of the Aquos R6, a mobile that not only has a 240 Hz screen, but also incorporates a huge one-inch sensor.
Being totally strict, we cannot say that it is the first mobile with a sensor of such size, since Panasonic presented in 2014 the Panasonic Lumix CM1 that, in addition to a compact camera with a one-inch sensor and Leica lens, it was also an Android mobile. In any case, it is not a typical implementation in the world of smartphones. That said, we are going to get to know this peculiar mobile better.
Sharp Aquos R6 datasheet
SHARP AQUOS R6
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
162 x 74 x 9.5 mm
Pro IGZO 6.6 inch OLED
Resolution WUXGA + (2,730 x 1,260 pixels)
Snapdragon 888 5G
GPU Adreno 660
12 GB LPDDR5x
128 GB UFS 3.1
Sensor 1/1 “
F / 1.9
F / 2.3
USB type C
IPX5, IPX8, IP6X
On-screen fingerprint reader
Button for Google Assistant
We begin by reviewing the aesthetic section. The back is available in black and white and of which stands out the huge module for camera and lens signed by Leica. The module sticks out slightly from the body and it makes sense, as underneath it we find a huge one-inch sensor. To put it in perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 1 / 1.33-inch sensor and the Huawei Mate 40 Pro a 1 / 1.28-inch sensor. We will delve into this later.
Other striking aspects are the side button to invoke Google Assistant and the integrated fingerprint reader under the screen, which is the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max, one of the largest fingerprint sensors. Unlike optical sensors, this sensor uses ultrasonic waves to map our fingerprint and make a three-dimensional model. According to Qualcomm, it is 50% faster than its previous solution.
Regarding the screen, the Sharp Aquos R6 mounts a 6.6-inch Pro IGZO OLED panel with WUXGA + resolution (2,730 x 1,260 pixels). It is compatible with HDR, has a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits (something unheard of in the world of smartphones), a contrast of 20 million to one and, of course, a refresh rate of 240 Hz. It is not something strictly new, but it is very peculiar.
A huge camera
We thus go on to talk about the interior. The Sharp Aquos R6 mounts a Snapdragon 888 5G processor along with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB of internal UFS 3.1 storage that can be expanded with microSD cards of up to 1 TB. Basically the device mounts the most powerful components available to date. The operating system is Android 11 and the battery has a capacity of 5,000 mAh. We will have to see the final autonomy with a screen with such a refresh rate.
But beyond that, the most interesting thing is in the camera. As we said before, the Sharp Aquos R6 has a one-inch sensor and 20 megapixel resolution. A larger sensor allows you to capture more light and take photos with better definition. Mobile phones tend to opt for smaller sensors, in part because there is no room to fit larger sensors (after all, the mobile form factor is what it is), but Sharp has managed to fit this huge sensor under the hood of your mobile.
When it comes to optics, Sharp has opted for Leica. Specifically, for one Leica Summicron f / 1.9 lens with seven lenses which, according to Sharp, have 1/10 distortion. And that is the only camera we can find on the mobile. We do not have a wide angle, telephoto or macro, but the device bets everything on a single camera (which, by the way, is capable of recording in 8K with HDR). On the front, for its part, we have a 12 megapixel camera.
Sharp Aquos R6 versions and price
Sharp, for now, has not disclosed the price of its new smartphone. We know that it can be purchased at Docomo and Softbank and that it can be reserved from June 18. There is no news about his possible arrival in Spain, but looking at Sharp’s history, the truth is that we would be surprised if he did.
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