You know what's better than a "notch"? Sharp says "Two notches!"

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So, you may or may not be aware — Sharp makes smartphones. It's just that most of their models are only sold in Japan and probably a few more Eastern markets. There was a time when we would look at the Sharp Aquos phones with envy — they were among the first phones to sport that almost-bezel-less design with nothing but a chin to hold the selfie camera, microphone, data port, et cetera. Nowadays... we can't say we feel the same way.

For one, there's a plethora of bezel-free designs to pick from, available globally and offered from many different manufacturers. Secondly, the Sharp Aquos phones seem to be comfortably strolling in a category we'd call "too weird".

For example — you know how "the notch" is a controversial topic and many smartphone fans hate it with a passion? Well, Sharp is completely fine with it. So fine, in fact, that it even makes a phone with two notches. We already spoke about the Aquos R2 a few months ago. Apparently, it was a hit because Sharp's newest smartphone is the Sharp Aquos R3... which also has two notches — one on top for the selfie camera and one on the bottom for a home button / fingerprint reader.



Hey, the users can't complain that there's an asymmetrical cutout on one side of their screen if we put it on both sides now, can they?

In all seriousness, it's entirely possible that users in Japan just insist to have a physical home button and a fingerprint sensor on the front of the device — a cultural thing, if you will, just like how flip phones are still a hit in China. In fact, there a lot of people here in the West who lamented the removal of front-mounted fingerprint scanners (before the under-the-glass technology came around). That would explain why Sharp insists on releasing phones with two cutouts in the screen... and it would also make sense for these models to not be seen on the store shelves in other markets. It's an interesting find none the less. Do you think you'd ever buy one if you had the chance?

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10 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 674; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The problem is when Sharp do some stuff, other copied (and take credits for good stuff)..

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Something tells me that Sharp isn't as 'sharp' as it sounds... For the better or worse, eh? G'Day!

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Better scotch than notch ... or Apple watch. I am glad I am such a good influence on this community.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 886; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Them and Essential were the pioneers for notches. Apple just swoop in and made it bigger and you know the rest.

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

LG was first :D not that is matters.

5. Sealblaighter

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I deeply respect Sharp, but 2 notches is way to much for my taste. If it would be only the notch for the camera, it would be fine, but with 2 of them it too weird. I am looking forward to Fujitsu.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6600; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Nope. I'm notch interested. Give me a top and bottom bezel with stereo speakers please!

8. XRN5AI unregistered

Not just "stereo speakers" but front firing stereo speakers because most phone these days has 1 front firing and 1 down firing speakers

9. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1232; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Kindly kill this creature, already...

10. jvardon

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

I quite liked the original Sharp Aquos R2 because it was a compact phone with near flagship specs. This newer version is full inch bigger on the screen diagonal. It is no longer a part of that niche market that Sony used to rule with it's compact versions of it's flagship phones. I would look past the dual notch if I had could have smaller phone with flagship specs. I didn't even mind the wildly thick Sony XZ2 Compact. Someone, anyone, could we please have a flagship spec-ed phone with a maximum screen diagonal of 5.2 inches.

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