Japanese Sharp Aquos R7 is the cure for bad smartphone design

Japanese Sharp Aquos R7 is the treatment for dangerous smartphone design

enlarge The Sharp Aquos R7.


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 will arrive in Japan in July and it is proof which you could make a differentiated smartphone today. Sharp is not any stranger to distinctive designs and with the R7, it corrects lots of the mind-boggling design choices made by different smartphone producers.

First off, Sharp continues its development 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 makers ship three to 4 dubiously usable smaller cameras on the again of their units, however Sharp provides individuals an enormous digital camera, which has the potential to supply higher high quality pictures.

Sitting subsequent to the massive digital camera sensor is a tiny 2MP sensor, however a Google translate of the product web page calls it a “range-measuring sensor,” so it would not sound like you possibly can take photos with it.

The show can be one thing to jot down residence about. The telephone sports activities a Sharp-made 6.6-inch, 2730×1260 IGZO OLED with a best-in-class 240Hz refresh charge. Better of all, the display is proper, in contrast to different Android flagships, which insist on utilizing a curved display that distorts the perimeters of the display. No producer has ever defined the advantages of a curved display.

Look at that camera!  Look at that beautiful flat screen and those fairly large bezels.
enlarge Take a look at that digital camera! Take a look at that stunning flat display and people pretty massive bezels.


The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 must tackle the problem of rendering Android at 240 fps (good luck with that). Different specs embody 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 5000mAh battery. There is a microSD slot, IP68 mud and water resistance, a 12MP entrance digital camera and a USB-C port. Sharp even discovered room for a high headphone jack.

One other great-sounding characteristic which you could apparently solely get on hard-to-find smartphones is Qualcomm’s “3D Sonic Max” fingerprint sensor. This on-screen fingerprint sensor makes a reputation for itself by being very massive. Sharp would not specify the scale, however earlier shows have indicated that the sensor is massive sufficient to suit two fingers. An enormous downside with in-screen fingerprint sensors is that the glass show, which has no tactile indicator for the place to put your finger, makes it straightforward to overlook the sensor and never have the ability to learn your fingerprint. Simply making the entire thing larger is an apparent (although costly) strategy to make on-screen fingerprint sensors work extra reliably. Qualcomm introduced this sensor in 2019 and the variety of telephones it has used since then is inexplicable within the single digits.

All in all, the R7 seems like a really attention-grabbing report telephone that solves many of the issues we often complain about in critiques. A big digital camera, a big fingerprint sensor, a flat display and a headphone jack? Please, different smartphone producers, take notes.

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