Sharp made a double-notch phone - but for a great reason

Donna Miller
November 15, 2018

As for specifications, the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact features a 5.2-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 2.5D tempered glass protection.

The bottom one of these includes the R2 Compact's fingerprint scanner and the top one houses the front-facing camera sensor.

Basically, the Aquos R2 Compact is a (seemingly) powerful smartphone with slim bezels, small frame, and the latest version of Android. There are plenty of people frustrated by just how large the typical smartphone has become, but who aren't onboard with such a cut-down experience as, say, the Palm phone offers. It's a take we haven't yet seen on Android, though it's no great surprise: Google rolled out Android notch guidelines which suggested we'd see such handsets somewhere down the line. The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact dimensions are at 131x64x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 135 grams.

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The Sharp Aquos R2 compact is available only in Japan for now. Even more confusing is that both notches aren't even the same. Meanwhile, the bottom one is needed because Sharp wanted to keep the front mounted fingerprint sensor but add more screen real estate to the device.

The phone itself belongs to the rare category of compact 2018 Android flagships as it joins the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact. It'll run Android 9 Pie, and the screen supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, VP9, HLG, and YouTube HDR. The USB-PD enabled 2,500mAh battery is present under the hood of the device. The USP of the display of the Aquos R2 Compact supports 120 Hz refresh rate. The display of the phone can function as flash while capturing selfie shots.

The home button on the front also performs as a fingerprint sensor. Android phones don't have complex 3D face scanning features, so all along they could have been using a much better and smaller notch design like the one on the OnePlus 6T. If the design makes you look the other way, don't worry, chances are you'll never lay your eyes on one in the flesh, as its release will be limited to Japan and possibly other close-by countries. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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