Sharp Aquos R2 Compact With Dual Notch Display Launched: Price, Specifications

The double-notched phone you've all been waiting for is here

The device is called the AQUOS R2 compact and is coming from Sharp, The Verge lets us know.

The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact is packed with a 2,500mAh battery that supports USB-PD rapid charging. The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact dimensions are at 131x64x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 135 grams. At the bottom is a rectangular notch, the likes of which we've all come to hate. Apple wasn't the first smartphone maker to cut a notch out of its display, of course, but it was the first to use the notch design seen on the iPhone X. And of course that's the design every Android phone company chose to copy, for obvious reasons - if Apple does something, they have to do it too.

The Aquos R2 Compact sports two notches, one at the top and another at the bottom. The three color variants of the smartphone are Smoky Green, Deep White and Pure Black.

The Aquos R2 compact is built around a metal frame with an acrylic material on the back. 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.

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No matter how gruesome the display looks, the R2 still is powered by top-of-the-line specs that carry Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 4G of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. This should improve UI smoothness, and the effect also will be felt on games which support a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone also supports Dolby Atmos sound to go along with the HDR Dolby Vision support on that IGZO display. Interestingly, Sharp notes that dual notches are natively supported on Android 9 Pie (users can simulate them by going to Developer Options Simulate display cutout).

So, the 5.2-inch LCD offers 2,280 x 1,080 resolution, but you'll have to stomach a pair of sections missing. The smartphone supports both face unlock and fingerprint scanning. The small form factor device, revealed earlier today on Sharp's website (via Reddit), will be released in Japan next January. Compared to the predecessor phone that featured a very thick chin, the R2 Aquos has a thin lower bezel and a second notch to house the home button.

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