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Sharp announces Aquos R, a high-end smartphone

he phone has been rated for up to IP68 conditions with IPX5 protection as well — meaning that the Aquos R can withstand both immersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes as well as liquid spray. (Source: Android Headlines)
he phone has been rated for up to IP68 conditions with IPX5 protection as well — meaning that the Aquos R can withstand both immersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes as well as liquid spray. (Source: Android Headlines)
Foxconn's management looks to expand its hardware sales with a new top-tier smartphone, the Sharp Aquos R. The device will likely release in Japan this summer.

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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.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-04-19 (Update: 2017-04-20)
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.