Sharp Aquos R2 Compact, the world’s first smartphone with two notches on the display, has been launched in Japan. While a small circular notch on top of the screen houses front camera, the notch at the bottom is wider and includes a fingerprint sensor. Sharp also released a concept video for Aquos R2 Compact, which will be available in Japan through SoftBank starting in mid-January. Sharp Aquos R2 Compact price has not been made official yet.
Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1, launched in May 2017, was the first smartphone to sport a notch. However, the feature was popularised by Apple iPhone X and was quickly adopted by more Android smartphones, with Asus Zenfone 5Z being the first. The trend so far has been one notch on a smartphone, typically positioned at the top of the display. Now, Aquos R2 Compact has been launched with two notches. It is unclear if the phone will be announced for global markets as well.
Sharp Aquos R2 Compact succeeds Aquos R Compact, which made its debut in October last year. Aquos R Compact also sports a dewdrop notch on top of display and has a thick chin that has a physical fingerprint sensor button. Coming back to Aquos R2 Compact, the new phone gets a 5.2-inch IGZO LCD display with a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels and 2.5D tempered glass coating. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Sharp Aquos R2 Compact sports acrylic resin hybrid material design back cover with aluminum frames on sides. The phone runs Android 9 Pie. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card slot. The battery is a 2,500mAh one. Sharp Aquos R2 Compact gets a 22.6MP CMOS camera with auto-focus and f/1.9 aperture. It supports Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) as well. The front camera is 8MP with f/2.2 aperture.