Sharp launched a new flagship model dubbed AQUOS R2 in Japan yesterday. Sharp AQUOS R2 comes with a beautiful full-screen design with a tiny notch at the top that looks like that of the Essential Phone. The notch houses the front-facing camera. There haven’t been many pictures of the AQUOS R2 since after it was launched. But we have been able to scoop up some cool hands-on pictures of the flagship that shows the device in all its glory.
The AQUOS R2 is no doubt a beautiful smartphone. We are not surprised because Sharp is working in a familiar terrain. The Japanese company is known for its sleek smartphones and the AQUOS R2 is a manifestation of that. The phone features a body made up of a metal fuselage and glass. The device comes with IPX5, IPX8 and IP6X ratings and measures 156 x 74 x 9mm, and weighing in at 181 grams. It comes in five colors such as Premium Black, Premium White, Aquamarine, Coral Pink and Rose Red.
The device sports a 6.0-inch IGZO display with a WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels along with an aspect ratio of 19:9. There is an oblong-shaped physical home button at the tiny bezel on the chin. The home button also doubles as the fingerprint scanner.
The AQUOS R2 packs dual cameras at its rear aspect. The cameras are stacked vertically aligned in the left corner just like as we saw on the iPhone X, the Mi Mix 2s and other new smartphones. The dual camera setup includes a 16.3-megapixel super wide-angle camera with a 135-degree field of view for video shooting and a 22.6-megapixel camera for still images. It is the first phone in the world that makes it possible to shoot videos and still images simultaneously through their respective image sensors.
The LED flash is placed at the side of the main camera sensor. Apart from the cameras and flash, the other thing on the rear panel is the “AQUOS” inscription. The back panel is made entirely of glass while the sides are made from metal with well-chamfered edges.
The main specifications of the AQUOS R2 include a Snapdragon 845 mobile platform along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD slot. The device gets its interface from the Android 8.0 Oreo OS while a 3,130mAh battery keeps the light on. For enhanced multimedia experience on the AQUOS R2, it features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
There is still no word on its price tag and when it will go on sale. But we do hope this gets launched for the international market soon. The AQUOS R2 was among the leaked Sharp product lineup for Europe so there is no doubt it will launch abroad someday.