Sharp has unveiled its flagship smartphone for 2018, the Sharp Aquos R2, today, in Japan. The smartphone has an Essential Phone-like tiny notch on the front underneath which lies a high refresh rate display. The Aquos line-up from Sharp has had phones with a peculiar design & feature-set and a near top bezel-less displays.
The Aquos R2 packs a 6″ WQHD+ IGZO LCD display with a resolution of 3040×1440 pixels. The 19:9 display has a 100 Hz refresh rate that is covered under 2.5D curved glass. It has Dolby Vision support and also supports playback of HDR 10 AND VP 9 HDR content.
Processor, RAM & Storage
The phone is powered by the beefy Snapdragon 845 chipset and Adreno 630 GPU. It also has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, which be expanded up to an extra 400 GB via a microSD card. The phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
The Aquos R2 sports a dual camera combination on the back but each camera has a different purpose to serve. One camera is used solely for video recording which uses a 16.3 MP sensor. The other 22.6 MP unit is used to take still photos. To the front, the 16.3 MP front-facing camera is housed in a notch.
The 16.3 MP camera can shoot 135° wide-angle 4K videos, although the FOV is narrowed down when Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) is turned on. There’s AI implemented in-camera software that automatically takes photos while recording a video.
The phone comes with a front mounted fingerprint scanner that resides in the bottom chin. The phone packs in a 3310 mAh battery which support fast charging. For connectivity, the phone has 4G VoLTE, 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, MIMO, and USB Type C port. The phone also has Dolby Atmos and Dolby AC-4 support, which provides enhanced surround sound experience.
Additionally, the phone also has IPX5/IPX8/IP6X dust and water resistance protection certification.
Pricing and Availability
Sharp Aquos R2 comes in 5 colors – Premium Black, Platinum White, Aquamarine, Coral Pink and Rose Red. The availability and pricing of the phone are not yet known.