You must be familiar with now-so-common feature of new generation smartphones known as ‘notch’ that started its journey with the trendsetter iPhone X in 2018. Later on the larger notch has been replaced by a smaller one called ‘waterdrop notch’. Let us share an exciting breakthrough in the notch technology as Sharp has come up with Aquos R2 Compact having a pair of notches; one on the top section and the other on the bottom one. Isn’t it amazing?
Aquos R2 Compact – Features
Although, Aquos R2 Compact brings a smaller IGZO LCD panel on the front, measuring 5.2-inch in size but it does feature a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and two notches housing different sensors on top and bottom. The display is HDR-10 compliant and is protected by the older Gorilla Glass 3 whereas the device features an IP 68 water and dust resistant capabilities.
Sharp has used a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood to power up the Aquos R2 Compact that brings the only memory combo of 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, users have an option of microSD card slot to further expand the storage capacity, if not contented with the native one.
Despite inaugurating the new trend of two notches on single display, Aquos R2 Compact may not inspire you with a single 22.6MP shooter on the rear having a f/1.9 aperture, OIS, EIS, and an LED flash. On the other hand, the top notch houses an ordinary 8MP selfie shooter.
Inspiringly, the Aquos R2 Compact runs Android 9.0 Pie whereas most of the Chinese brands are stuck with Android 8.1 Oreo till todate. The bottom notch of the device houses a fingerprint sensor that brings a gesture-based navigation; quite similar to how Meizu does it with its phones.
A real drawback of the ‘compact’ device lies in the battery capacity as there is a 2,500 mAh tiny battery that, however, is equipped with an Intelligent Charging technology to enhance battery life. But, unfortunately, there is no fast charging features at all.
Pricing and Availability
The Aquos R2 Compact is scheduled to make an entry into the home market of Japan in January next year. Although, there is no official announcement for pricing of the device as of now but considering the flagship hardware of the device, we presume to see a price tag of around $600 (~PKR 80,000).
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