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Sharp Aquos R2: 6-inch flagship with Snapdragon 845 and unique dual primary camera

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Finally, Sharp released its flagship of the year with the Aquos R2.

We have seen that since the Taiwanese giant Foxconn purchased Sharp back in 2016, they have been slowly growing their smartphone business. 

In fact, the last we heard of Sharp is almost 9 months ago, with the Aquos S2 as per below specs:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2040 pixels or ~420 ppi pixel density
  • Front/back glass and aluminum frame body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53) processor, Adreno 508 graphics with 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 8MP secondary camera, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 1/3.2", 1.4 µm)
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3020 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • ~ USD 555 price tag

It did so well back then, with its bezel-less screen,  beautiful looks, mid-range hardware and an amazing dual primary camera that makes for a great smartphone package.

Now then, where are we with the Aquos R2? 

  • 6-inch WQHD+ IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~561 ppi density
  • Bezel-less screen
  • Fullview display
  • IPX5/IPX8/IP6X protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.6 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor, Adreno 630 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 22.6MP + 16.3MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 16.3 MP secondary camera
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 400GB
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3130 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • May 2018 expected release date

One thing is for sure, the Aquos R2 is set to rock the smartphone market.

The 6-inch bezel-less screen is back, but this time it will be sporting a 6-inch WQHD+ that sits between 2K and 4K resolution with an astonishing 19:9 ratio. Not only that, there will now be a dust-proof and waterproof protection.

Regarding hardware, there’s nothing but the best for the Aquos R2 – period! You will find the greatest Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with the fastest Kryo octa-core processor, great Adreno 630 graphics and 4GB RAM. This ensures its name as a speed demon that will blaze through everything that you throw at it, and still have room for more.

What is an excellent smartphone without a great camera right? The Aquos R2 will be blessed with a fantastic dual 22.6MP+16.3MP primary camera and a 16.3MP selfie camera to cater for all your selfies.

Taking lots of shots with the camera, you will need to be concerned with storage capacity then. Thankfully, the Aquos R2 will come with 64GB of internal storage that can be easily expanded up to a maximum of 400GB.

Battery-wise, we can find the Aquos R2 with a 3130 mAh-rated battery. It may not sound like much, but it should be able to last for a full day of charge quite easily.

The latest Android Oreo 8.0 is set to accompany the Aquos R2’s release right out of the box. This ensures the best software available for the best hardware around.

Conclusion:

Sharp Aquos R2 is like a dream come true for everyone looking for a great flagship smartphone in 2018. Large 6-inch WQHD+ IGZO IPS screen, great protection, top-of-the-line hardware, amazing dual 22.6MP+16.3MP primary camera and the latest Oreo 8.0 operating system to boot. The only thing missing, for now, is its price.

Sharp Aquos R2 is said to be released in the coming days in May 2018 although there’s no official word on the pricing yet. You get to choose either Black or White color for its appearance.

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