Sharp Aquos R3: The Dual Notched Smartphone Features

Some time ago I wrote an article on likely phone features that may trend in 2019, and I mentioned the Sharp dual notch feature. While many like the in screen camera cutout (formerly in-display camera) and in-display fingerprint are established already, the dual notch happens to be the most neglected feature.

Design and Display

Technology giants, Sharp are keen on retaining the old Fingerprint-in-front design feature in a world where large bezel-less displays are trending. The only way to achieve this without using ugly bezels is to use a notch cut out at bottom too.

The dual notch is the first noticeable feature when you pick up the Sharp Aquos R3. There is a top waterdrop notch that houses the front camera and the bottom notch that houses the fingerprint sensor which doubles as the home button.

At the back, there is vertical dual camera cutout placed at the top left corner.

For display, the device has a 6.2-inch display IGZO panel. IGZO (Indium, Gallium, Zinc and Oxygen) Display gives almost twice the resolution found in TFT (the Aquos R3 has 3120 x 1440 pixel resolution) and consumes lower battery. The display also comes with an insane 120Hz refresh rate, mostly found in gaming smartphones.


The Sharp Aquos R3 has a triple camera set up; one front-facing camera and two rear-facing cameras. Sitting in the top notch is a 16.3MP selfie shooter while the rear cut out houses a 12.2 MP module and 20 MP module.

Sharp has different job specifications for both cameras as the 12 MP module is for still photography while the 20MP module is reserved for video recording. The cameras are AI based as there are AI features like AI Live Shutter and AI Live Story.

Hardware Components (Processor and Memory)

The Sharp Aquos R3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC clocked at 2.84 GHz in charge of everything. Adreno 460 is in charge of graphics.

For memory, the is a 6 GB LPDDR4X RAm clocked at 2.1 GHz. There is also 128 GB of onboard storage space.

Battery and OS

The only drawback in this device is the 3200mAh battery powering a 5G device with 3120 x 1440 pixel resolution. Even the 11W Qi wireless charge support doesn’t cover this. The device runs in Android Pie. Price has not been announced.

Overall Specifications


OS Android 9.0 Pie
Display 6.2inch dual notched IGZO display
Camera 12MP rear shooter, 20 MP rear video camera, 16 MP selfie
Storage 128 GB
Processor Octa Core, 2.8 GHz
Battery 3200 mAh
Security Face ID and Fingerprint ID


Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G and 5G yes
SIM Type Dual nano-SIM slot

Design and Display

Dimensions 156 mm × 74 mm × 8.9 mm
Height 156 mm
Width 74 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm
Weight 186g
Display Size 6.2-inch
Display Resolution 1440p Quad HD+ (3120 x 1440 pixels)
Display Technology IGZO (Indium, Gallium, Zinc and Oxygen) Display
Build Bar
Protection Information not available
Colours Information not available



OS Android 9.0 Pie
Processor Name/Technology Snapdragon 855
Number of Processor Cores 8
Processor Speed 1 Kyro 485 Prime clocked at 2.84GHz, 3 1 Kyro 485 clocked at 2.42GHz, 1 Kyro 385 Prime clocked at 1.8GHz,
Graphics Chipset Adreno 640
Internal Storage 128 GB
External Storage Information not available
Sensors G-sensor, P-Sensor, Gyro, Touch Sensor, Electronic Compass


Front 16 MP Camera,
Rear 12 MP still photography camera, 20 MP video recording camera
Features Autofocus, LED Flash, Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, Portrait, AI Live Shutter and AI Live Story.


Video FLV, MP4, MKV, AVI, 3GP
Audio WAV, MP3, MP2, ACC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, Vorbis, APE, AAC-Plus V1, AAC-Plus V2, FLAC, WMA, ADPCM
Image Jpeg, Png, Gif, Bmp
Speaker Chipset Nil
Audio Jack Yes, 3.5mm


Bluetooth Bluetooth® 5.0, A2DP, LE
Wifi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
USB Yes, 2.0
NFC Information not available


Battery Capacity 3,200 mAh
Battery Technology Li Po
Fast Charging Information not available
Removable Information not available

Extra Features

Security Features Face ID and Finger Print


To be announced