This is the ‘world's first’ smartphone with two notches

Joanna Estrada
November 15, 2018

We have seen that some notches are much better than others. Up until now, though, we haven't seen dual notches. The company's phones are only sold in Japan, which means they have extremely limited availability.

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.

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didnt stop to think if they should.” No, this isnt about dinosaurs but something equally unnatural – the Sharp Aquos R2 compact, officially the worlds first phone with two notches. The waterdrop notch is something that is becoming increasingly popular on phones such as the OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20, and various OPPO and Vivo phones. At the bottom, meanwhile, there's a second gap into which the combination fingerprint sensor and home button is positioned. Why does it exist? While the top notch houses the front camera and other sensors, the bottom notch will house the fingerprint sensor. Sharp has not increased the display size on the Aquos R2 Compact, but also it has included the Snapdragon 845 flagship chipset.

Basically, the Aquos R2 Compact is a (seemingly) powerful smartphone with slim bezels, small frame, and the latest version of Android. Even more confusing is that both notches aren't even the same. It's a decent idea for fans of front mounted fingerprint sensors, without going to the extent of including an in-display fingerprint sensor.

With many users sick of increasingly large and unwieldy smartphones, this device could be a good alternative to the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, or the somewhat silly Palm companion phone. It'll run Android 9 Pie, and the screen supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, VP9, HLG, and YouTube HDR. The smartphone packs a 2,500mAh battery, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C port.

The screen is an IGZO panel with 1,080 x 2,280px resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The situation may be largely the same for the Aquos R2 compact. The visibility of the display is also said to have been improved over past Sharp phones.

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