Sharp makes smartphones, in case you didn’t know. Unfortunately, the company’s smartphones are typically limited to the Japanese market which means that unless you follow the news, there is a good chance you might not know about all the cool tech that Sharp has put into its phones.
Take for example the company’s latest smartphone, the Sharp Aquos zero2. For the most part on paper it looks like your standard flagship, but one of its key features is its advertised 240Hz refresh rate display. This is double what phones like the Razer Phone 2 and the ASUS ROG Phone 2 are offering, although there is a catch.
While the phone’s display is rendering 240 frames per second, half of those frames are black panels. According to Sharp, this is done to reduce the Pulse Width Modulation refresh headaches that some people experience, as well as to reduce afterimages at the same time. It also makes it easier on the battery compared to a “true” 240Hz display.
Of course, whether or not one can tell the difference between 120Hz and 240Hz is another story, but from a marketing standpoint it makes for good marketing material. Other specs include a 6.4-inch 2340×1080 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, along with a dual 12MP + 20MP rear-facing camera, and an 8MP front-facing camera.
The phone is expected to go on sale in Japan this winter and it doesn’t appear that there are plans to bring it stateside.