Yes. Sharp smartphone is very much alive… in Japan. The collaboration between Sharp and Leica starts with the Sharp Aquos R6 “co-engineered with Leica”.
Like the Leitz Phone 1, the Sharp Aquos R6 is rocking a 1-inch 20.20 MP image sensor, paired to a f1.9 7-element lens.
Further spec-sheet details include Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform, 12 GB RAM, 256 ROM – expandable up to a terabyte via microSDXC card, a 6.6-inch WUXGA (2,730 x 1,260 pixels) Pro IGZO OLED display, IPX5/IPX8/IP6X rated, and a 5,000 mAh battery. Wait a minute… isn’t that the same specs as the Leitz Phone 1?
Without going into deep into the details, the Sharp Aquos R6 does indeed appear to be the Leitz Phone 1 but with a slightly different design. And not surprisingly, this phone will also be available via SoftBank.
And it is not cheap either. While at 133,920 yen (about US$1,220) it is significantly cheaper than Leica’s, it is still pricey, flagship or not. Then again, it is a slightly cheaper version for those who are not willing to shell out 54,000 yen more for the Leica-branded phone.
Images: Sharp [JP].