Sharp announce the Aquos R2 Compact with dual notches

Sharp's newest Aquos R2 Compact smartphone doubles the number of notches

Sharp Aquos R2 Compact is official with dual notches and Snapdragon 845

Apple wasn't the first smartphone maker to cut a notch out of its display, of course, but it was the first to use the notch design seen on the iPhone X. And of course that's the design every Android phone company chose to copy, for obvious reasons - if Apple does something, they have to do it too. Up until now, though, we haven't seen dual notches.

It features a 5.2-inch IGZO display manufactured by Sharp. The company's phones are only sold in Japan, which means they have extremely limited availability. Sharp has announced the Aquos R2 Compact and, it has 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. Why does it exist? The colour variants of the Sharp Aquos R2 compact include Smokey Green, Deep White and Pure Black. The worst part is they copied the design for no practical reason. With the Aquos R2 Compact, symmetry is broken on both ends of the display.

Sharp says that, while the Aquos R2 Compact does have face authentication, it still felt it needed to make sure there was a fingerprint sensor too.

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.

The phone boasts a 3.5mm headphone jack (perhaps, thanks to all the room Sharp saved by not using an in-display FP reader), complete with Dolby Atmos support.

With manufacturers offering pretty much no small form factor high-end phones, leaving this market segment rather empty, can we see a similar device coming to the west?

So, the 5.2-inch LCD offers 2,280 x 1,080 resolution, but you'll have to stomach a pair of sections missing. The USP of the display of the Aquos R2 Compact supports 120 Hz refresh rate.

The home button on the front also performs as a fingerprint sensor. Sharp's CEO also doesn't believe that a bottom display notch will negatively have an impact on app compatibility.

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