Sharp Aquos R3 announced: Flagship with 120Hz display, two notches

In recent years, one of the most notable trends in the smartphone markets has been the migration towards tiny cutouts and full-screen displays. However, Japanese company Sharp is bucking the trend with the new Sharp Aquos R3 flagship, offering two notches. The new phone from Sharp offers a 6.2-inch quad-HD IGZO display with a waterdrop notch at the top and a cutout for a fingerprint scanner/ home button at the bottom.

The Above Android team feels that a rear fingerprint scanner in lieu of the second cutout could have been better. The Sharp Aquos R3 continues the company trend of offering a 120Hz refresh rate on its flagship displays, thankfully. This is a much higher refresh rate than most phones out there (with just the exception of the Razer Phone line), and would certainly result in smoother gameplay and general system navigation. Sharp’s phone delivers in the power stakes too, offering a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 128GB of fixed storage, 6GB of RAM and a 3,200mAh battery with an 11-watt wireless charging. The battery size is rather small for a flagship, especially when the screen size is taken into account. By comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S10e has a much smaller, 5.8-inch display but it packs a 3,100mAh battery.