Sharp Launches Aquos R3 With Two Notches and a 120 Hz Display

Since the bezel-less phone era began, notches have become pretty popular among Smartphone manufacturers. The notch design gained popularity after iPhone X was unveiled but Sharp had been in the business long before the trend started.

Since the trend is pretty common now and every other phone had a notch display, Sharp decided to do something out of the box with a dual notch design in its recently released Sharp Aquos R3.

The phone has flagship specifications,=: a 120 Hz display like the Razer gaming phone, and is the first phone sporting such a design. However, we are unsure how the critics will respond to this peculiar design.

Design and Display

Sharp Aquos R3 has a sleek look with a glossy back finish. It looks very much like the Aquos R2 compact but with dual notches. There’s a big waterdrop notch on the top and a wider notch at the bottom.

The top-notch houses the selfie camera and the bottom notch sports a fingerprint scanner and has given Sharp the space to install a front-facing stereo speaker. We have certainly missed one of these in the recent phones.

Moving on, there’s a 6.2-inch Pro IGZO display on the R3 that has a QHD+ (3120 x 1440) resolution. With a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the screen also has HDR10 and Dolby vision support.

Internal and Storage

Under the hood, there’s a top of the line Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 6 GB RAM and 128 gigs of built-in memory. It only has a single RAM/storage variant and runs on Android 9.0 Pie. The memory can be expanded via a memory card.

The phone supports a single nano Sim, has a USB Type-C port and supports Bluetooth 5.0.


On the camera end, there’s a dual-sensor rear camera with 12.2 MP and 20 MP shooters. The rear cameras support a 125-degree field of view, exposure compensation, Face detection, digital and optical image stabilization as well.

Coming to the front camera, it is a single 16.3 MP snapper with an 80-degree field of view.

Battery and Pricing

In the battery arena, we have a 3,200 mAh battery with 11W Qi wireless charging on the R3.

If we look at the other specifications provided by the phone, this battery might not do it justice, keeping in mind that the 120 Hz display on the Razer phone was a huge battery hog.

There is no news regarding the availability of the phone and its pricing.

Sharp Aquos R3 Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 7nm
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
  • Display:
    • Dual Notch
    • 120 Hz refresh rate
    • HDR10 and Dolby Vision support
    • Pro IGZO LCD, 6.2 inches QHD+ (3120 x 1440 pixels)
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 6 GB
    • Internal: 128 GB
    • Card slot: Yes
  • Camera:
    • Primary: Dual: 12.2 MP + 20 MP
    • Secondary: 16.3 MP
  • Connectivity: LTE, USB type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fingerprint scanner: Yes (on-screen)
  • Battery: 3200 mAh, 11W wireless charging
  • Price: NA

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