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There’s another phone with the new giant 1-inch Sony camera sensor, and it’s not Chinese

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In our Xiaomi 12S Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comparison we found that the exclusive Sony IMX989 sensor with a giant size of one inch is a match with Samsung’s best when it comes to the main camera kit, albeit with a smaller resolution than the 108MP Samsung sensor , it comes with much larger pixels that can collect more light at night.

Well, apparently the large Sony sensor is still the biggest installed on a modern phone, but it’s not that exclusive, as a flagship from Japan has had it since spring and even touts its collaboration with Leica on its development, just like Xiaomi did.
We used to have aMonsters from Asia” regularly, and Sharp very often wiped the floor with every other brand out there in terms of specs and innovation. It was the first with high-brightness, high-refresh-rate displays that, on top of that, very battery-efficient and first with large 1″ camera sensor on a genuine Aquos R6 phone last year, rather than a camera with phone features like the Panasonic CM1 way back.
Well, this year’s Sharp Aquos R7 edition also has a 1″ sensor and an “enhanced” sensor, and a Japanese source dug into its system info to find it’s none other than the same Sony IMX989 that’s in the Xiaomi. 12S Ultra and with the same Leica branding on it.

Thanks to the unique IGZO display technology, Sharp has been doing cool things for years with ‘all-screen’ designs and 120 Hz screen refresh rates. Part of the winter crop in 2015, the low-profile SH-01 was arguably the first phone to feature such a fast refresh rate screen.

The Aquos R6 was the first modern handset to feature a giant 1″ camera sensor in 2021, and it looks like the Aquos R7 was the first to feature Sony’s new IMX989 1-incher released before the Xiaomi 12S Ultra hit the tape.

Not only that, but the Aquos R7 has an adaptive refresh rate of 240 Hz and records 2000 nits of peak brightness from the IGZO panel. Well done, Sharp, keep coming and doing worldwide releases!

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