Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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There’s a Phone with Two Notches and God it’s Awful

It’s exclusive to one country

What’s more annoying than a phone with a notch on top? A phone with two notches. While Google has previewed this in a beta build, Sharp’s Aquos R2 Compact is the first phone brave enough to sport two notches. A smaller version of the Japan-exclusive Aquos R2, the Aquos R2 Compact wraps the bottom part of the display with a notch to accommodate the fingerprint scanner.

Through this approach, Sharp managed to increase the screen estate while being slightly smaller than the original Aquos R Compact.

While the dual notch design makes the Aquos R2 Compact stand out of the crowd, it is an awful design choice especially in an era where in-display fingerprint scanners exist and brands find ways to eliminate the notch.

Notchpocalypse aside, the Aquos R2 Compact’s 5.2-inch IGZO Freeform display has a Full HD+ resolution, supports Dolby Vision, and has a 120Hz refresh rate—a rare treat for smartphones. It comes with typical 2018 flagship specs: Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, USB-C, IP68 rating, and a single 22.6-megapixel f/1.9 rear camera with both OIS and EIS. While you get a disappointing 2500mAh battery, the Aquos R2 Compact thankfully has MicroSD expansion and a headphone jack.

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.2-inch Sharp Freeform IGZO Display, 2280 x 1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD
  • 22.6-megapixel f/1.9 rear camera with Dual LED Flash, OIS, and EIS
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • Fingerprint scanner, USB-C, IP68 certification, Dolby Atmos
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 2500mAh battery
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Like most of Sharp’s Aquos phones, the Aquos R2 Compact is exclusive to Japan, so there’s little chance you will see this strangely-designed phone in the flesh.


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