Sharp Aquos R7 launched with huge 1-inch 47.2MP sensor


Although not often available outside of a few select markets, Sharp has officially unveiled the Aquos R7, which boasts a huge 47.2-megapixel 1-inch rear camera sensor and an upgraded 240Hz AMOLED display.

A follow-up to last year’s limited Aquos R6, the Sharp Aquos R7 has some notable changes and upgrades over its predecessor. The star attraction is undoubtedly the 1-inch rear camera sensor. It takes a noticeable step forward in overall fidelity with the CMOS sensor boasting a maximum resolution of 47.2 megapixels with the Leica brand partnership also providing some tweaks.

Just like last year, the camera lens was made by Leica, which has a fast f/1.9 aperture and 19mm equivalent focal length. Unfortunately, there’s no room for OIS here, which could be due to the larger sensor size. The Sharp Aquos R7 comes with real-time face, body and eye detection and 4x “lossless” zoom when using the digital crop feature. 4-to-1 pixel binning is used to produce 12-megapixel images, and 8K video recording is also possible here too.

The rest of the specs are no less impressive as the Sharp Aquos R7 comes with a 6.6-inch 1260 x 2730 pixel IGZO OLED flat panel display and a super smooth 240Hz refresh rate. refresh is variable and can go down to 1 Hz depending on the screen context. There’s also room for a centrally placed punch-hole notch, which houses a 12.6-megapixel selfie camera and biometric security is provided via an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is also used along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage with a battery capped at 5,000mAh. However, Sharp didn’t share any details on the charging speeds offered with the Aquos R7 this time around. It will come with Android 12 pre-installed with Sharp’s UI tuning also bundled.

As you’d expect, the Sharp Aquos R7 is only expected to release in the company’s home market, Japan, later in July, with no word on global availability. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but it’s open for pre-order at Softbank and Docomo in Japan. It will be available in simple black and silver color variants.

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