Sharp Aquos R6 launched with 240 Hz OLED display, massive 1-inch camera sensor tuned by Leica
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Sharp isn’t a name that instantly springs to mind when it comes to smartphones as its devices are sold primarily in its home market of Japan. It has just launched the Aquos R6, its latest flagship Android smartphone and it is creating quite a bit of buzz and for good reason. Not only is it a handsome design overall, it incorporates some exclusive technology that we haven’t seen from other smartphone makers that sets it apart from flagship devices also powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Sharp continues to produce some of the best displays on the market and it has put this know-how to good use on the 6.6-inch Pro IGZO OLED gracing the front of the Aquos R6. While we have seen 120 Hz variable refresh rate OLED displays from the likes of Samsung, this is the first panel in a smartphone that we have seen with a 240 Hz (1 Hz - 240 Hz) variable refresh rate. Sharp claims that its incredible output of up to 2,000 nits of brightness beats out every other smartphone on the market.
Sharp has also partnered with Leica (which may signal that it has moved on from Huawei) on the main camera found on the rear of the Aquos R6. Instead of going with a standard multi-camera setup, Sharp and Leica have opted to include a massive 1-inch camera sensor fitted with a 7-element Leica lens carrying its vaunted ‘Summicron’ branding. This 20 MP sensor is substantially larger than most smartphone sensors and is usually only found in dedicated cameras. This is accompanied by a 12 MP sub-sensor.
Despite the interest, it is unlikely that we will see the Sharp Aquos reach other major markets, but we do expect there will be a number of smartphone enthusiasts keen to try import it.