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If you dislike notched phones, you'll detest Sharp's new Aquos R2 Compact that sports two notches

The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact. (Source: The Verge)
The Sharp Aquos R2 Compact. (Source: The Verge)
While we're still coming to terms with the distressing fact that notches may be a long-term feature in smartphones, Japanese OEM Sharp has gone the extra mile by including two notches on its new flagship. And no, that is not a joke.
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Notches were brought to the mainstream by Apple last year with the release of the iPhone X. Since then, the design factor has made its way across the smartphone industry with virtually all OEMs having incorporated a form of it into their devices. Till now, though, most have stuck with just one notch. Sharp, however, has taken things up, well, a notch with its new Aquos R2 Compact that features two full notches. 

The Aquos R2 Compact sports two notches, one at the top and another at the bottom. Even more confusing is that both notches aren’t even the same. At the top is an oval notch—a bit like the Essential PH-1’s but a tad larger. At the bottom is a rectangular notch, the likes of which we’ve all come to hate. 

Sharp only sells its phones in Japan and has pioneered most of the current smartphone design trends, most notable being the bezel-less display. The company was the first to the bezel-less design years ago, so it’s a bit ironic that it has now made the trip to the other end of the spectrum by incorporating two notches.

Notch shenanigans aside, the Aquos R2 Compact features a 5.2-inch FHD+ display, 4 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 845, a single rear 22.6 MP camera, and a measly 2500 mAh battery.

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Ricci Rox, 2018-11-15 (Update: 2018-11-15)