Japan-based Sharp has announced a new premium smartphone – the Sharp Aquos R3 – its 2019 flagship and the sequel to last year dual notch touting Aquos R2 compact. Much like the Aquos R2 compact, the company has adopted a novel solution to increase the screen size while keeping the fingerprint sensor, and that makes it one of the few phone maker that still stick with the now date home button embedded scanner. The Aquos R3 uses a dual notch approach – a water-drop notch at the top, and a much wider one at the bottom encircling the home button. We can not say for sure why the company just can not bid goodbye to the home button, perhaps it got the back of its fans.
While the top notch is home to a front-facing camera sensor, the bottom ensures there is enough space for a front-facing stereo speaker, so you won’t have to flip your device over before you can get the proper blasting sound from your device. As if the front speaker isn’t enough, the device gets a second speaker at the top edge for more immerse and spectacular sound output. The speaker uses Dolby Atmos surround sound technology.
On the flipside, the Sharp Aquos R3 comes fitted with a vertically placed dual camera setup; a 12.2MP (f/1.7, 78-degree FOV) unit used for still photography, and a 20MP (f/2.4, 125-degree FOV) module which is reserved for video recording, and what is more, the camera comes with AI-based camera features like AI Live Story and AI Live Shutter.
Relative to the R2 Compact, the Sharp Aquos R3 gets a larger 6.2-inch Pro IGZO panel with 3120 x 1440-pixel resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz, as well as HDR10 support. Under the hood, it gets the Snapdragon 855 SoC with 6GB and 128GB of storage. The battery size a 3,200 mAh battery with support for 11W Qi wireless charging, and is set to run Android Pie off the box.
Pricing details and rollout details are sparse now, though we expect the brand to release some official info on that in the coming days.