Sharp packs a 1-inch image sensor into the Aquos R6 smartphone

As we’ve seen regularly, smartphone photography yielded impressive results given the limitations associated with the relatively small sensor size. Now Sharp is ready to take image quality up a notch by inserting a 1-inch CMOS sensor into its latest handset.

Although everything is a flagship phone, the highlight here is the single rear camera. Sharp has been working with imaging titan Leica on the development of the Aquos R6’s camera system since March 2020, which has included sensor and lens design, as well as imaging quality control .

The launch announcement states that the 20MP 1-inch CMOS image sensor and seven-element f/1.9 Summicron lens were “co-engineered” by the two companies, which likely means Leica is not not involved in the actual manufacturing – in the same way that Huawei’s co-engineered cameras were made by a Chinese supplier and not by Leica.

That said, Sharp promises low distortion from wide-angle to telephoto (there’s no optical zoom here), with wide dynamic range and low noise – even for low-light photography – and electronic image stabilization. ‘picture.

The single rear camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor and a Leica-branded Summicron lens consisting of seven elements


Elsewhere, the handset has a 6.6-inch OLED Pro IGZO WUXGA (1,260 x 2,730 dot) display with up to 240Hz refresh rate, super high 2,000 nits brightness and 20 million:1. Interestingly, the display will automatically reduce the refresh rate to 1Hz depending on the content being displayed, to extract even more life per charge from the 5,000mAh battery.

It’s built around Snapdragon 888 octacore processing brains with built-in 5G, and rocks 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Sharp also uses Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max fingerprint recognition technology, which offers a larger scanning area and enables advanced security measures, including the ability to register two fingerprints simultaneously. There’s also Wi-Fi 6 on board, and the R6 runs Android 11.

The Aquos R6 is expected to be released around the middle of next month and will be exclusive to the Japanese market.

Source: Sharp Japan

Michael C. Garrison