Rakuten BIG - rugged smartphone with a sub-screen camera

20 December 2020

Sub-screen cameras are very rare. So far, only ZTE and Vinsmart have taken advantage of the new technology. The former introduced the Axon 20 5G, and the latter the Vsmart Aris Pro. There are no other such phones.

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More precisely - there were not. Rakuten, a Japanese telecommunications company, has released the Rakuten BIG. The model has a 6.9-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. Also integrated into the panel is a fingerprint scanner and a 32 MP front lens. Fans of selfies will love it.

In addition, the Rakuten BIG is not afraid of water and dust. The gadget can be submerged to a depth of 1.5 meters. Nothing will happen to it (within half an hour for sure). This is guaranteed by IP68 protection class.

As for the performance, it is at the level. Developers did not skimp on the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. We are talking about an 8-core chip with a clock speed up to 2.4 GHz. The platform pleases with support for 5th generation networks. To thank for this is the Snapdragon X52 modem.

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Among other things, Adreno 620 graphics are available. Good news for gamers. Most hits will not slow down. Complementing the configuration are 6 GB of RAM and a flash drive with a capacity of 128 GB. Short on space? It's easy to expand with microSD cards.

The Rakuten BIG takes great pictures. There are four rear sensors: 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP. You will not have to complain about bad photos. A useful bonus is the NFC module for contactless payment. Not a superfluous thing in the era of coronavirus.

Special mention should be made of the e-SIM. Other components are standard: USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. This is powered by a 4000 mAh battery.

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The operating system is current - Android 10. If we talk about colors of the body, there are three: black, white and red. Sales in Japan have already started. The price for the Rakuten BIG starts at $660.