Working in conjunction with its affiliate Aurora Telecom Co., Ltd., Sharp have officially announced their 5G smartphone for Taiwan, where it will be distributed by carrier FarEasTone exclusively. The Aquos R5G will be offered under model name SH-R50.
There are no differences between the Japanese model and the Taiwanese counterpart. Read below the description of the base model.
The Aquos R5G is capable of 5G connectivity and 8K video recording.
The 5th Generation IGZO display has a diagonal size of 6.5 inches and a resolution of 1440 x 3168 pixels (4K). 10-bit colour processing delivers one billion colours and ensures the Aquos R5G display covers the Adobe RGB gamut – the same as in professional monitors. Also supported are Dolby Vision and U-NEXT HDR.
The device even comes with Adobe Photoshop Express pre-installed.
Audio playback is top-notch, as in earlier Aquos Rs: two speakers on each narrow side of the phone to deliver stereo sound, enhanced with Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res, including for wireless playback.
Sharp have also upped the ante on the cameras game – now FOUR of them! One telephoto, one super-wide angle, one standard-angle, and one time-of-flight (ToF) camera to measure the distance to the object using near-infrared light.
The telephoto camera is 12.2 megapixels and has an aperture of f/2.7. It also has 2x optical zoom.
The standard camera is also 12.2 megapixels but the aperture is f/1.7.
The super wide-angle camera is 48 megapixels and has an aperture of f/2.9.
Both the telephoto and the standard cameras have optical image stabilisation (OIS). In addition, there is electronic image stabilisation (EIS) for video-shooting.
When 8K wide content (7680 x 4320 px) is captured, you can enjoy focus playback, that is you can zoom-in on an area of the video.
Also available are features found on previous Aquos R phones such as AI Auto, AI Live Story, and AI Live Shutter.
The inner (selfie) camera is 16.4 megapixels and has an aperture of f/2.0. It's also equipped with the Aquos Beauty feature to conceal various "defects" the subject's face might have.
To power all of this, the latest and greatest of Qualcomm's processors is used: the Snapdragon 856 5G. A whole lot of RAM megabytes have been poured in – 12 GB (LPDDR5), and the built-in storage memory is 256 GB (UFS3.0+). Storage memory can be expanded using microSDHC cards of up to 1 terabyte!
The new Wi-Fi 6 standard is supported: IEEE802.11 ax, alongside the older 1/b/g/n/ac. The Bluetooth version is 5.1.
Both One Seg and Full Seg digital terrestrial TV are supported – it's been a while since the Sharp flagships ditched it but now it's back. Biometric authentication is naturally available, too: face and fingerprint recognition.
The SH-R50 supports Taiwan's 5G network and the following frequency ranges:
NR (FR1, FDD): 2100(n1)/1800(n3)/700(n28) MHz,
NR (FR1, TDD): 3500(n78) MHz,
LTE (FDD): 2600(B7)/2100(B1)/1900(B2)/ 1800(B3)/1700(B4)/900(B8)/ 850(B5)/700(B12/B17) MHz,
LTE (TDD): 2600(B38)/2500(B41)/ 2300(B40)/1900(B39) MHz,
W-CDMA: 2100(I)/1900(II)/ 900(VIII)/850(V) MHz,
GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz.
The Aquos R5G measures 162 x 75 x 8.9 mm and weighs approximately 189 grams.
In Taiwan, the SH-R50 will only be available in black or white; the blue-colour version remains exclusive for Japan.
Date added/updated: 8 July 2020 – 20:41
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