Sharp has released the Aquos R6 smartphone for the Japanese market, which is a flagship with just one working camera on the back but a large 1″ sensor. It has the largest camera sensor ever installed in a cell phone, and it was produced in collaboration with Leica from R&D to lens design to image quality adjustment.
With only these three features, it’s clear that the Japanese smartphone manufacturer is gaining traction in the ultra-high-end segment of the market. The smartphone is jam-packed with cutting-edge technology and features, including the world’s first 1 inch primary camera and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that supports two-finger unlocking.
The Snapdragon 888 chipset powers the Sharp Aquos R6. Only one memory option will be available: 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, and only local carriers will be able to sell it at first.
The image sensor supports 20MP still photography, and Leica and Sharp have revamped the front lens, which is 7P with an f/1.9 aperture and a focal length equivalent of 19 mm. There’s also a ToF sensor next to the main camera, as well as a single flash; Sharp and Leica only have electronic image stabilization (EIS).
Sharp’s Aquos R6 will be available in Japan in June through NTT Docomo and SoftBank. Sharp hasn’t released any pricing information or information on international availability at this time.