We don’t hear much about Sharp smartphones at the moment, mostly because they’re only available in Japan and some other regions. However, the company has just introduced a new model, the Aquos R6, which is loaded with interesting technology, as reported by Engadget Japan. This includes a Leica-branded camera with a very large sensor that raises several questions about Leica’s relationship with Huawei.
Sharp is working with Leica to create a 20-megapixel camera with a 1-inch sensor, one of the largest on any smartphone. Works with Leica on the entire camera system, including the sensor (probably built by Sony), 19mm f / 1.9 wide-angle lens (35mm equivalent) and image quality features. The design of the 7-element lens even won the acclaimed Leica brand “Summicron”
Sharp’s collaboration with Leica is quite interesting, as rumors surfaced yesterday that Leica was terminating its relationship with Huawei, although both companies had previously denied it. However, given Sharp’s new collaboration, Leica is no longer exclusive to Huawei, at least. Whether it will work with other camera companies such as Xiaomi, as they say, remains to be seen.
The Aquos R6 also has a screen to match the camera. The 6.6-inch HDR screen with dimensions of 2730 x 1260 HDR displays up to 2000 nits of brightness – the highest available on any smartphone, says Sharp. To reach that number, Sharp said it developed the OLED display using its IGZO technology, although it’s not clear exactly how that works. To avoid draining the battery quickly from such a bright display, Sharp suggests that it has developed a system to reduce the refresh rate to 1 Hz when a still image is displayed.
Sharp AQUOS R6. Only one rear camera (1 inch sensor and 19 mm lens). A mechanism that covers from wide-angle to telephoto lens with digital zoom of an ultra-high-performance camera instead of modern multi-eyes https://t.co/RzdUwSu4OD pic.twitter.com/8UecZ92KBg
– Takahiro Oguchi / EngadgetJP (@ TKoguchi787) May 17, 2021
Another good feature for security people is the dual fingerprint system. The Aquos R6 is apparently one of the first smartphones to use Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max fingerprint authentication system, first announced in 2019. The significantly larger area makes fingerprint identification easier, while allowing users to log in with two fingerprint at the same time for extra security.
Other specifications include the Snapdragon 888 process, 12 GB of RAM, 128 GB of expandable memory and a 5000 mAh battery to support this huge screen and battery. There is no price or availability information, but you probably won’t be able to get one in the US.
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