Japan’s Sharp Aquos R7 is the treatment for unhealthy smartphone design

The Sharp Aquos R7.
Enlarge / The Sharp Aquos R7.

The newest entry in our ongoing protection of “cool telephones you’ll be able to’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 unique designs, and with the R7, it’s correcting most of the baffling design choices coming from different smartphone producers.

First, Sharp is continuing its trend of delivery completely large digicam sensors in its smartphones. The again of the telephone is dominated by a single 47.2 MP digicam 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 digicam, which has the potential to supply better-quality footage.

Subsequent to the massive digicam sensor is a tiny 2MP sensor, however a Google translation of the product web page calls it a “distance measurement sensor,” so it would not sound like you’ll be able to take footage with it.

The show is one thing to jot down dwelling 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, in contrast to 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.

Look at that camera! Look at that gorgeous flat display and those reasonably sized bezels.
Enlarge / Take a look at that digicam! Take a look at that attractive flat show and people moderately sized bezels.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 should 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 digicam, and a USB-C port. Sharp even discovered room for a prime headphone jack.

One other great-sounding function you’ll be able to 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 massive. Sharp doesn’t specify its measurement, however previous presentations have indicated that the sensor is sufficiently big to suit two fingers. A significant drawback 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 larger is an apparent (although costly) approach 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 like a really fascinating slab telephone that fixes many of the issues we usually complain about in opinions. One massive digicam, a big fingerprint sensor, a flat show, and a headphone jack? Please, different smartphone producers, take notes.


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