Sharp announces Aquos R, a high-end smartphone
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It’s been some time since we heard anything major coming out of Sharp on the smartphone front, but they’ve evidently working hard on a powerful smartphone called the Sharp Aquos R that’s due to release in Japan soon.
The Japanese company, which was acquired by Foxconn last year, is using the Snapdragon 835 chipset that is practically standard in all high-end smartphones at the moment. On top that, it’s made out of metal and has as 5.3-inch 2560 x 1440 IGZO display with HDR 10 compatibility, so there’s no doubt that Sharp is targeting the kind of premium consumers who would buy something like the Xiaomi Mi 6.
Something to keep in mind is its 4GB of RAM and 3160mAh battery, which are a little underwhelming when competitors in Asia have the option for 6GB of RAM and 4000mAh batteries. As efficient as the Snapdragon 835 might be, these large screens can finish off a 3160mAh battery in less than a day if you’re not careful.
It also has a 22.6-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, water and dust resistance (rated IPX 8), and it runs Android 7.1 Nougat. Sharp has yet to disclose the price of this smartphone, but based on the specs, it’s certainly not going to be cheap. It’s also unclear whether this phone will be sold outside of Japan.