The Sharp Aquos R6 Has a 1-inch Sensor and Leica Optics

by Duey Guison  May 17, 2021

Given the form factor of smartphones nowadays, it is hard to imagine one that can fit a sensor so big. Xiaomi was quite close with the 1/1.12-inch sensor of the Mi 11 Ultra, and Sharp stole their thunder by introducing the Aquos R6: the first phone with a 1-inch sensor.

Sharp Aquos R6 Specs:

  • Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB UFS 3.1 storage, expandable via MicroSD
  • 6.67-inch WUXGA+ IGZO OLED quad curved display, 240hz variable refresh rate, 10-bit color
  • 20-megapixel 1-inch f/1.9 main camera with EIS, 7P lens and Leica optics; ToF sensor
  • 12.6-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • IPX5/8 rating
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Android 11

For its headline feature, the 1-inch camera sensor has a Leica-designed 7P lens with a 19mm focal length equivalent, which should be good for most shooting conditions. It has great low-light capabilities with its f/1.9 aperture, though you are limited to EIS and that you only have one rear camera. The other camera beside it is a ToF sensor, which is needed for depth information.

Another groundbreaking tech on the Aquos R6 is that its 6.67-inch IGZO OLED display has a WUXGA+ resolution and a mindblowing 240hz variable refresh rate. That means while the panel can go as high as 240hz, it can go as slow as 1hz depending on what’s being displayed on the screen. The curved display sports a centrally-placed punch hole for the 12-megapixel selfie snapper and Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

As a flagship, the Aquos R6 is powered by a Snapdragon 888 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The storage may be rather small for 2021 standards, but you get expansion via MicroSD. Keeping the lights on is a 5000mAh battery, and charges via USB-C–Sharp did not disclose the charging speeds but we assume that it comes with a fast-charging solution. Other features include a headphone jack, NFC, and an IPX5/8 rating.

 

Sharp Aquos R6 Availability

There’s no word yet on pricing, and it seems that the Aquos R6 will be exclusive to Japan. There’s no word yet if Sharp will decide to make it available globally.

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