Sharp’s new Aquos R6 smartphone puts a 20MP 1-inch sensor behind a Leica-branded Summicron lens

Sharp isn’t exactly known for its mobile devices, but its new Aquos R6 smartphone (translated) makes quite the statement with its 20MP 1-inch rear camera and 240Hz display.

The device, which appears to be limited to the Japanese market for the foreseeable future, was developed alongside Leica, proof of which is seen in the Leica branding around the 19mm (full-frame equivalent) F1.9 Summicron lens in front of the rear camera. It’s unknown at this time what manufacturer produces the 20MP 1-inch sensor, but Sony Semiconductor sells several 20MP 1″-type sensors, so it’s possible one of its sensors underpins the massive camera inside the Aquos R6.

Moving onto the display, Sharp is using a variable-framerate ‘Pro IGZO OLED’ 6.6”display (2,730 x 1,260 pixels) that Sharp claims can achieve a max 2,000-nits of brightness. Inside, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G chipset (2.8GHz + 1.8GHz Octa-Core) with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of internal flash storage (with the option to add an additional 1TB via the microSD card slot).

Other featured include a 12.6MP F2.3 front-facing camera, a 5,000mAh non-removable battery, IPX5 / IPX8 / IP6X ratings for dust and water resistance, and an in-screen fingerprint reader. The device uses a USB-C port to charge and transfer data and for those who don’t want to rely on only wireless headphones, Sharp included a 3.5mm audio port.

Below are a collection of sample photographs Sharp claims were captured with the Aquos R6’s camera:

If you want a more immersive experience, Sharp has also created a virtual gallery you can tour to see the imaging capabilities of the Aquos R6’s rear camera.

The device, which will ship with Android 11 installed, is set to launch in Japan in June in black and white color options. There’s no information yet on when, if at all, this device will become available outside the Japan region.