The newest entry in our ongoing protection of “cool telephones you possibly can’t purchase within the US” is the Sharp Aquos R7.
This telephone hits Japan in July, and it is proof you could make a differentiated smartphone at the moment. Sharp is not any stranger to distinctive designs, and with the R7, it’s correcting lots of the baffling design selections coming from different smartphone producers.
First, Sharp is persevering with its pattern of delivery completely large digital camera sensors in its smartphones. The again of the telephone is dominated by a single 47.2 MP digital camera with a 1-inch sensor and a big lens. Most smartphone producers ship three to 4 questionably helpful smaller rear cameras on the again of their gadgets, however Sharp is giving individuals one big digital camera, which has the potential to provide better-quality photos.
Subsequent to the massive digital camera sensor is a tiny 2MP sensor, however a Google translation of the product web page calls it a “distance measurement sensor,” so it does not sound like you possibly can take photos with it.
The show is one thing to put in writing residence about, too. The telephone has a Sharp-made 6.6-inch, 2730×1260 IGZO OLED with a best-in-class 240 Hz refresh price. Better of all, the show is flat, not like different Android flagships, which insist on utilizing a curved show that distorts the edges of the display. No producer has ever defined what advantages a curved show brings.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 must step as much as the problem of rendering Android at 240 fps (good luck with that). Different specs embody 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 5000 mAh battery. There is a microSD slot, IP68 mud and water resistance, a 12 MP entrance digital camera, and a USB-C port. Sharp even discovered room for a prime headphone jack.
One other great-sounding function you possibly can apparently solely get on hard-to-find smartphones is Qualcomm’s “3D Sonic Max” fingerprint sensor. This in-screen fingerprint sensor makes a reputation for itself by being actually large. Sharp doesn’t specify its dimension, however earlier shows have indicated that the sensor is large enough to suit two fingers. A serious downside with in-screen fingerprint sensors is that the glass show, which has no tactile indicator for the place to place your finger, makes it simple to overlook the sensor and fail your fingerprint learn. Simply making the entire thing greater is an apparent (although costly) method to make in-screen fingerprint sensors work extra reliably. Qualcomm introduced this sensor in 2019, and the variety of telephones which have adopted it since then is inexplicably within the single digits.
Altogether, the R7 appears to be like like a really fascinating slab telephone that fixes a lot of the issues we sometimes complain about in evaluations. One large digital camera, a big fingerprint sensor, a flat show, and a headphone jack? Please, different smartphone producers, take notes.