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Sharp unveils the Aquos R Compact smartphone

Sharp Aquos R Compact Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (Source: K-tai Watch)
Sharp Aquos R Compact (Source: K-tai Watch)
The Aquos R Compact is a slightly watered-down version of the Sharp Aquos R that was announced back in April. It is a waterproof 4.9-inch handset powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor that is expected to hit the market in December via Softbank.

Back in April, Sharp unveiled the Aquos R flagship. That handset features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4 GB RAM, also packing a 5.3-inch QHD IGZO display and a massive 22.6 MP single-sensor main camera. Now, the Japanese brand announces the Aquos R Compact, which will hit the market at the end of the year as a slightly smaller, less powerful, and cheaper handset than the Aquos R.

The Sharp Aquos R Compact comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and looks a bit like the iPhone X. Its 4.9-inch IGZO display has a rounded shape and a rather non-orthodox resolution of 2,032 x 1,080 pixels. This smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and sports 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, as well as microSD support up to 256 GB. 

The front camera uses an 8 MP sensor, while the main image snapper has a 16 MP one. The list of connectivity features includes WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 4G LTE. The battery has a capacity of 2,500 mAh, and the phone weighs 0.3 pounds. 

The Aquos R Compact is both waterproof and dustproof, so taking it for a swim or on a safari should not be a problem. The list of color options to choose from includes Amethyst Purple, Diamond Yellow, Tourmaline Black, and Moon White.

This handset is apparently scheduled to hit the market via Softbank in late December. There is no information about its price yet, but all the blanks should be filled at launch. Sadly, the chances to see this handset in the US or Europe are slim.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-10-19 (Update: 2017-10-19)