The Sharp Aquos R2 compact is the first dual-notch phone

It finally happened a smartphone with two notches has arrived destined to haunt the Asian market

It finally happened a smartphone with two notches has arrived destined to haunt the Asian market

Sharp heard you complaining about smartphone display notches and clearly chose to really give you something to moan about, with the new Sharp Aquos R2 Compact having not one but two of the screen cut-outs.

The 2280 x 1080 IGZO LCD boasts the same 120Hz refresh rate as the Razer Phones.

Despite the dimensions, the Aquos R2 Compact doesn't sacrifice on performance. With the latest in-display fingerprint technologies and edge-to-edge displays, we hope that the time for the small flagship phone to come back is near.

Sharp Aquos R2 compact price and availability The handset now doesn't have a price but Sharp has announced that it is scheduled to be launched after mid-January 2019. Judging by the graphic above, it had already shrunk that bottom bezel significantly.

It's safe to call 2018 as the year of notched phones. The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact has a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, and to make the phone "more compact", Sharp has gone for a bottom display notch in addition to the waterdrop notch on the bottom. The colour variants of the Sharp Aquos R2 compact include Smokey Green, Deep White and Pure Black. Sharp has essentially extended the display downward to wrap around the fingerprint sensor.

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.

The predecessor Aquos R Compact from previous year measured 132 x 66. x 9.6mm and featured a smaller 4.9-inch display. It'll run Android 9 Pie, and the screen supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, VP9, HLG, and YouTube HDR. Sharp's CEO also doesn't believe that a bottom display notch will negatively have an impact on app compatibility. 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.

The Aquos R2 Compact is not a large phone like Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone XR. The small form factor device, revealed earlier today on Sharp's website (via Reddit), will be released in Japan next January.

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