Waterproof Sharp Aquos gets Ricoh camera certification


sharp aquos zate

Huawei aren’t the only ones teaming up with a camera maker to boost sales, Sharp are also giving it a go with a helping hand from Ricoh.

The new flagship from Sharp, called the Aquos Zate, will feature a waterproof body, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 3GB RAM, 1080 IGZO display and rear 22.6 mega-pixel camera. Where as Huawei have opted for a dual 12 mega-pixel design the Zate gets a single sensor, but with a certification nod from Ricoh.

At this stage we don’t know if Ricoh are just helping with the software optimisations and stamping their name on the phone (like Leica did) or if they have had a more hands on approach, but with this trend already gaining traction expect other camera makers to jump on board soon too.

A leaked image of the Sharp Zate shows the phone will be available in black, white or green but at this time we’re not sure on the screen size or what the price might be.

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18 Comments

  1. HBK
    May 12, 2016

    I smell 1st IMX318 device.!!

    • Assefa Hanson
      May 12, 2016

      hope it is i want to see the EIS in action

      • HBK
        May 12, 2016

        Me too, have been waiting for a while. Hope they have atleast f/1.8 aperture considering pixel size is just 1um.

  2. E8hffff
    May 12, 2016

    If reasonably priced, then something to look out for.

    • Assefa Hanson
      May 12, 2016

      look out for? this is 99% sure to stay in japan forever

  3. Freeje
    May 12, 2016

    Sharp never updates their firmware.

  4. Echo Lee
    May 12, 2016

    Hello , there is a Alcatel Flash2 smartphone european edition with octa-core 64-bit android 6.0 ready 4G 13MP samsung smart wake, it is really excellent, come and have a look here: http://www.tinydeal.com

  5. Echo Lee
    May 12, 2016

    Hello , there is a Alcatel Flash2 smartphone european edition with octa-core 64-bit android 6.0 ready 4G 13MP samsung smart wake, it is really excellent, come and have a look here: http://www.tinydeal.com/alcatel-flash-2-octa-core-13mp-samsung-cam-android-60-ready-4g-phone-px37dut-p-159129.html

    • MitsosDaBest
      May 12, 2016

      Yes, European Edition with no support for 800 MHz 4G band (B20)!! Also this site is very bad!

      Stop trolling.

      • balcobomber25
        May 12, 2016

        Tinydeal isn’t a bad site I have used them a few times in the past.

  6. G'n'T
    May 12, 2016

    Wonder if this will have proper international support. I have owned a Sharp previously and although it was a good phone with great build quality the OS was very Japanese. Would be great to have this as an international option..

  7. xi7
    May 12, 2016

    lol , have 1080p @ 120fps , japan fantastic !! version docomo sharp xx3 ? X_x

    • Joel Adames
      May 12, 2016

      Couldn’t understand your point or question really… … … ???

  8. balcobomber25
    May 12, 2016

    Looks like it’s missing a fingerprint scanner.

    • Joel Adames
      May 12, 2016

      Nop, i believe its on the side like the Sony and the the Future… You can kind of see in the pictures. By the rigth side under the power button so I think it’s touch activated and not the pressing tipe. On the left side you get to see the sim/SD tray.

  9. jauling
    May 13, 2016

    how to buy these outside of Japan? The Sharp Aquos line has always been very interesting to me… very decent specs, but if you cant throw on an AOSP or some kind of English ROM, then meh whats the point