Sharp Aquos R3 Is An Odd Flagship Phone With Two Notches


Sharp has announced its new flagship smartphone, and believe it or not, it has two notches. This smartphone's name is Aquos R3, and it features a dewdrop notch at the top of its display, while another notch is placed on the bottom of the display. The second notch is caused by the phone's home key / fingerprint scanner, which, for some reason, covers part of the display.

Bezels are fairly thin on the Aquos R3, though not as thin as on some other flagship phones, despite the fact it has two notches. This, believe it or not, is not the company's first dual notch smartphone, as the Aquos R2 compact, which landed last year, featured a similar setup, and it was also a flagship device.

Considering that Sharp opted to introduce a successor to the Aquos R2 compact, the company probably managed to sell a decent number of Aquos R2 compact units, no matter how hard that may be to believe considering the dual notch setup. We're only guessing here, of course, as the company did not really release sales numbers for the device.


This phone is made out of metal and glass, and the sides on its back are curved. There are two vertically-aligned cameras included on the back of this phone, and those two cameras are placed in the top-left corner of the phone's back. Those two cameras also protrude quite a bit on the back of the phone, while an LED flash sits right next to them.

The device's power / lock, volume up, and volume down buttons are located on the right-hand side of this phone, along with a physical camera shutter. It is possible that you can remap this button, though, Sharp did not really let us know. A SIM card tray is accessible from the left side of the phone.

The Sharp Aquos R3 is nothing to scoff at as far as specs are concerned, quite the contrary. This phone features a 6.2-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) Pro IGZO display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. That display is HDR10 certified, by the way.


The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 855 64-bit octa-core processor, and comes equipped with 6GB of RAM. The phone also includes 128GB of storage, while Android 9 Pie comes pre-installed on the device.

A 3,200mAh battery is also a part of this package, and it supports 11W Qi wireless charging. On the back of the device, you will find 12.2-megapixel (f/1.7 aperture, 78-degree wide-angle lens) and 20-megapixel (f/2.4 aperture, 125-degree wide-angle lens) cameras.

A 16.3-megapixel camera sits on the front side of the phone, while the phone comes with AI-based camera features, including AI Live Story and AI Live Shutter features. Dolby Atmos is a part of the package, while the phone is 8.9mm thick, and it weighs 185 grams.


The company still did not say when the phone will go on sale, nor did it announce its price tag. The device is expected to hit Japan soon, though, and it remains to be seen if it will reach any other markets. Sharp did release a promo video for the device, and you can check it out down below.

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