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Sharp is no stranger in releasing bizarre smartphones — an identity that they will continue to bring in the new Sharp Aquos R2.

In the surface, the Sharp Aquos R2 looks like any ordinary 2018 flagship smartphone. It has ultra-thin bezels, a display notch, and dual-cameras on the back. However, there’s more to it than what meets the eye.

What I’m actually talking about is its dedicated video camera. Unlike most dual camera-equipped smartphones, the second rear camera on the Aquos R2 is reserved for shooting videos. The 16.3-megapixel sensor can shoot 4K videos and it’s partnered with a wide-angle lens, which is scaled down for stabilization purposes.

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The other camera is a 22.6-megapixel that is tasked to take still photos. In front, there’s a 16-megapixel camera for selfies.

Now, on to some less-weird things. The Sharp Aquos R2 actually has top-of-the-line specs. The screen is a 6-inch IGZO IPS panel with a sharp (pun intended) resolution of WQHD+.

Powering things up is the monstrous Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and a decent-sized 3,130mAh battery.

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Sharp Aquos R2 Specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (Hybrid)
  • 6-inch IGZO IPS display, 3040 x 1440 resolution, ~561ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 400GB
  • 16.3-megapixel front camera
  • 22.6-megapixel + 16.3-megapixel (video only) dual rear cameras, PDAF, LED flash
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos
  • IPX5/IPX8/IP6X
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • USB Type-C 2.0
  • Dimensions: 156 x 74 x 9mm
  • Weight: 181g
  • 3130mAh non-removable battery, Fast-charging

The Sharp Aquos R2 is only available in Japan as of the moment. The company has not disclosed its official pricing and availability for the rest of the world.



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