Sharp has now launched its new Aquos R2 flagship smartphone. It’s the successor of the last year’s Aquos R smartphone which went on sale in Japan. The all-new smartphone shares a lot of design cues with its predecessor including the tri-bezel less display on top. The large display panel is, however, flanked by a circular selfie camera sensor that’s present within the semi-lunar notch.
The Sharp Aquos R2 comes with a premium metal and glass construction. The unibody construction of the smartphone makes it resistant to dust and water and bears an IP68 certification. The main talking point of the new flagship smartphone is its large 6-inch WQHD+ IGZO LCD display featuring a 19:9 aspect ratio. Furthermore, the panel comes with a pretty high refresh rate of 100Hz. It also supports HDR playback including HDR10 and VP9. Additionally, the Sharp Aquos R2 is the world’s first smartphone to support both Dolby Atmos and Dolby AC-4.
Under the hood, the Sharp Aquos R2 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor. This is clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB UFS internal storage. Sharp has also included a memory card slot in its new premium smartphone.
Being a flagship product, the Aquos R2 comes with a pretty decent set of camera sensors. The rear of the smartphone features a dual camera unit comprising a 22.6MP and a 16.3MP sensor. Unlike most dual camera setup, the two sensors on the Aquos R2 doesn’t work in tandem. Instead, the 16.3MP sensor is meant only for shooting video, and Sharp calls it’s a ‘dramatic wide’ camera; all thanks to its 135-degree FOV.
The Sharp Aquos R2 features a front mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3,130mAh battery with fast charging. It comes in a range of color including Premium Black, Platinum White, Aquamarine, Coral Pink and Rose Red. The smartphone is set to go on sale in Sharp’s homeland last this summer. With that said, it’s worth mentioning that Sharp hasn’t revealed the pricing for the smartphone yet, but we believe it to be priced somewhere around the $499 mark.
Sharp Aquos R2 Specifications
- 6 inch QHD+ (3,040 x 1,440p) 19:9 IGZO LCD with 2.5D curved glass
- 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor with Adreno 630 GPU
- 4GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 64GB UFS Internal Storage + Up to 400GB Expandable Storage (via microSD)
- Dual Rear Camera with 22.6MP primary sensor and 16.3MP secondary video sensor with ultra-wide angle 135 FOV and LED flash
- 16.3MP Front Camera
- Fingerprint Sensor, IPX5 – IPX8/IP6X Water and Dust Resistant
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, 4G VoLTE
- 3,130mAh Battery with Fast Charging
- Android Oeo 8.0