Thursday, 20 April 2017
Sharp Aquos R with Snapdragon 835 and AI capabilities announced in Japan
Japan based Sharp Mobile has introduced a flagship level smartphone called Aquos R equipped with top-of-the line Snapdragon 835 chip. If you were expecting a bezel-less design, you'll be disappointed as it sports the regular screen design, but the hardware inside is similar to Galaxy S8 or Xiaomi's Mi 6. To recall, Sharp was one of the first smartphone maker to come out with a bezel-less phone.
The unique feature of the smartphone is its AI capabilities with the AI assistant called Emopa. There's also a charging dock called ROBOKOKU (optional) that can follow the direction of a user's voice and identify their face when the Aquos R is docked on it. The charging dock uses the phone's mic, camera and AI assistant.
Coming to the specs, the Sharp Aquos R features 5.3-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) IGZO display, which is HDR 10 capable and is equipped with Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which can be increased via microSD card. It runs Android Nougat and packs a fingerprint sensor, that is embedded into the home button.
For photography, it gets 22.6MP f/1.9 rear camera with high-speed auto-focus, LED flash, optical image stabilization, and 16.3MP wide-angle selfie camera on the front. In terms of connectivity, there's 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC and USB Type-C port. It is fueled by 3160mAh battery and supports fast charging. The phone is also water and dust resistant.
Sharp did not reveal the pricing and availability details. Also like previous Sharp smartphone, the phone is most likely to be exclusive to Japan market.