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Sharp launched the Aquos R6 in mid-2021, stunning the world with its 240Hz screen and 1” camera sensor. It also overshadowed Sony when it launched a few months before the Xperia Pro-I. However, the R6 was exclusive to the Japanese market, leaving Sony with the rest of the world to itself.
The other Aquos R phones have a similar story – impressive specs but limited availability. The most recent additions, the Sharp Aquos R8 and R8 Pro, were also exclusively launched in Japan. However, the company has now introduced the Sharp Aquos R8s Pro in Taiwan. You might assume that the “s” stands for an upgrade, but the specifications appear to be the same.
The highlight of the phone is the 1” 47.2MP sensor on the back, accompanied by a 19mm f/1.9 lens. There is also a 12.6MP selfie camera on the front with a 27mm f/2.3 lens. Another module on the back helps the 1” sensor capture the best photos possible. This 14-channel spectrum sensor collects detailed data about the ambient light conditions, which is then used to adjust the main camera’s photos.
Of course, the 6.6” IGZO OLED panel steals the show with its 1,260 x 2,730 px resolution, 2,000 nits brightness, and 240Hz refresh rate. It’s the same display found on the R8 Pro.
The chipset is also identical, featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage (with a microSD slot available). Surprisingly, the “s” model doesn’t even offer a memory upgrade. The battery capacity remains the same as well, at 5,000 mAh.
In addition to the Sharp Aquos R8s Pro, the company is also launching the smaller Sharp Aquos R8s. Unsurprisingly, it shares the same specifications as the standard Aquos R8. However, it does have a slightly different camera setup – a 50.3MP 1/1.55” main camera (23mm f/1.9) and a 13MP ultra-wide module (17mm f/2.3). The front camera features an 8MP sensor with a 26mm f/2.0 lens.
The R8s also has a smaller 6.4” FHD+ IGZO OLED screen (1,300 nits, 240 Hz) and a 4,570 mAh battery. It shares the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip as its counterpart, but with less RAM – 8GB. The 256GB storage can be expanded through microSD cards up to 1TB. Both phones come equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Sharp is currently accepting pre-orders for the two phones at early bird prices – the Aquos R8s is priced at TWD 23,490, and the Aquos R8s Pro is priced at TWD 32,490 (equivalent to $735 and $1,000 in US dollars). Pre-orders also include an exclusive phone holder and lens filter. By completing a short questionnaire, you can receive a TWD 500 discount code.