Just look at the latest phone launches to see that the cutouts on the screen are very important now. Apple, Google, LG, Nokia and many others have fully accepted space saving and visually controversial screen. If someone is good, maybe two would be even better? Sharp uses this approach with its latest smartphone Aquos R2 Compact. It has an opening at the top and bottom.
Aquos R2 Compact is not a large phone, such as the Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone XR. It is a high-end phone in a small housing that will appeal to a limited number of customers in most markets. However, Sharp intends to sell this device on the Japanese market, where strange phones traditionally perform much better. They still have Android phones there.
The two-channel phone can be liked as a way of balancing the natural asymmetry caused by cutting off the part of the display at the top. However, the Aquos R2 Compact spoils it with two different notch shapes. Sharp equipped the Aquos R2 Compact with a 5.2-inch 2280 x 1080 LCD screen. At the top there is a notch that surrounds the front camera. This is a U-shaped notch similar to Essential Phone. At the bottom, the second section surrounds the upper half of the fingerprint sensor in your phone. This is a wide cutout like an iPhone, but it's smaller.
The previous Aquos R Compact was a medium range phone with Snapdragon 660. It had one notch at the top and a large frame at the bottom. These two phones have the same identical surface. Sharp essentially slid the display down to wrap it around the fingerprint sensor.
The rest of the specification is high-end. It is Snapdragon 845, 4 GB of RAM, 22.6 MP camera and 2.500 mAh battery. This battery is a bit small, but the 5.2-inch display will not regret as much energy as the 6-inch or larger displays on other phones. Aquos R2 Compact launches the Android 9 Pie system out of the box, which is necessary for proper support of the screen.
Sharp plans to launch this phone at the beginning of next year on the Japanese Softbank carrier. Several Aquos phones have appeared in North America over the years, but it is unlikely that it will be one of them. It will sell for the equivalent of USD 370 in Japan, which is a competitive price for the Snapdragon 845.
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