It appears that Leica has found a new mobile camera partner by following Huawei’s withdrawal from international smartphones due to sanctions. Sharp just announced Aquos R6 In Japan, and its Leica-branded lens sits in front of the largest camera sensor on all phones.
The 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor has similar features to Sony’s high-end RX100 compact cameras. It is only the second 1-inch cell that has ever entered a smartphone, and the first to know a traditional phone maker’s phone – Panasonic released Android-powered CM1 as early as 2014, but it wasn’t quite a mainstream device. The nearest current phone gets a 1-inch sensor Xiaom’s new Mi 11 Ultra, with a 1 / 1.12-inch component behind the lens.
The F / 1.9 “Summicron” lens is also much wider than the primary cameras of other phones, and the corresponding focal length is 19mm – it’s in the ultra-wide range. Strange, it is only The R6’s outward-facing camera, so you’ll need to use digital zoom for more common focal lengths. The camera also has an LED flash and a flight time sensor.
Another great feature of the Aquos R6 is its display, which Sharp calls the Pro IGZO OLED. It is a 6.6-inch 2730 x 1260 panel with a peak brightness of 2,000 staples and a variable refresh rate of 1 to 240 Hz. So far, most Android phones haven’t been able to offer OLED screens that are truly variable in speed and adapt to content in real time – this panel sounds like the most advanced available on any phone right now.
Elsewhere, R6 specifications are standard on the 2021 flagship: Snapdragon 888, 12GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 5,000mAh battery. It will go on sale in Japan in June through operators NTT Docomo and SoftBank. Pricing is not yet available.