This will be one of those Chinese phones that nobody is bothered about importing to the UK, but the fact that the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact uses two notches made it worth posting about.
The Sharp Aquos R Compact from last year was pretty weird in the first place, it had slim bezels on three sides with a small notch, but then an absolutely huge chin which meant the screen size was only 4.9-inches.
Rather than shift the fingerprint reader around to the rear Share have decided to use a second cutout for the home button and scanner. This has allowed them to keep the same dimensions which increasing the screen size to 5.2-inches.
The Aquos R2 Compact measures 131 x 64 x 9.3mm and weighs 135 grams so it is possible that it will have some appeal to fans of small phones. It also sports a dustproof and waterproof body.
The 5.2-inch IGZO display manufactured by Sharp has a Full HD+ resolution and it is equipped with features like HDR10 support and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The USP of the display of the Aquos R2 Compact supports 120 Hz refresh rate.
The previous model used a Snapdragon 660 SoC but this model has been upgraded to the Snapdragon 845 flagship chipset. The SoC is supported by 4 GB of RAM. For storage, it features an inbuilt storage of 64 GB and a microSD card slot.
The single rear camera is a 22.6-megapixel wide-angle lens OIS, EIS and AI scene detection. An 8-megapixel selfie shooter is fitted inside the front notch of the phone. The display of the phone can function as flash while capturing selfie shots. The front-facing camera carries support for face unlock.
The Android 9 Pie OS is loaded on the phone along Sharp’s EMOPA voice-assistant. It then has a very small 2,500mAh battery, though the small screen will require less power.
There is no information available on the pricing of the smartphone, but it should be available from mid-January.
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