Gone are those days when the Japanese tech companies were making competitive smartphones. Currently, only a few of them are on the market. But if Sony remains there in order to understand what’s happening from inside and keep its fingers on the pulse, Sharp is making models that are sold in the local market only. Anyway, we have to keep the latter under review, because from time to time, it comes with interesting ideas. For instance, the waterdrop screen design was first used by Sharp. Anyway, today, we are going to talk about a new smartphone – AQUOS R7, which was launched by a Japanese manufacturer in May.
AQUOS R7 Camera And More
The AQUOS R7 comes with a newly developed 1-inch 47MP sensor. If believing a Twitter user, this handset uses the same Sony IMX989 CMOS as the Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra.
The Sony IMX989 CMOS lens of the Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra has a 50MP resolution, while the AQUOS R7’s one has a 47MP resolution. In this regard, we have to recall Lei Jun’s word who said that the Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra uses a custom Sony IMX989, a complete 1-inch super outsole, and Xiaomi doesn’t cut anything from the sensor.
Lei Jun also revealed that the Xiaomi camera department participated in the specification definition and part of the design and verification of IMX989. The development cost of IMX989 is 15 million US dollars, and Xiaomi and Sony each bear half. The Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra is the first cameraphone sporting this sensor that went into mass-production.
Apart from this, the Sharp AQUOS R7 uses a 6.6-inch (WUXGA+) Pro IGZO OLED display, which supports a variable refresh rate of 1~240Hz, a peak brightness of 2000 nits, 1 billion colors, is compatible with Dolby Vision, and is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus glass in both sides – front and back.
In terms of configuration, the machine is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 12GB of memory, 256GB of storage space, retains a 3.5mm headphone jack, supports 1TB microSD card expansion, and FeliCa function.
The phone will cost 198,000 yen ($1455) at NTT DOCOMO. Lastly, it will be available for pre-order on July 8.