Sharp AQUOS R2 is official in Japan. Although the Japanese company has been one of the pioneers of “full screen” design (at least three out of four), it is now quite common nowadays; yet the new-generation top of the range stands out from any other device on the market for dual camera implementation.
Actually, one can not even speak of a dual camera, because only one of the two sensors is dedicated to images; the other only serves to shoot videos. The sensor for photos is 22.6 MP, while the one for videos is 16.3; the latter can record videos in 4K and has an ultra-wide 135 ° field. However, electronic stabilization does not allow the full width to be exploited. Below are short videos for, in order, wide angle, photos taken by AI and electronic stabilization.
The two sensors are able to operate simultaneously: in a nutshell, you can take high-resolution photos while you are recording a video. There is even an AI software that automatically triggers when it deems it most appropriate.
More “standard” (for today’s market segment, of course) the rest of the data sheet, which includes Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable internal storage and 3.130 mAh battery. The operating system is, of course, Android, version 8.0 Oreo.
Sharp AQUOS R2 has an IPS IGZO display with a 6-inch diagonal, a 19: 9 aspect ratio and an unusual resolution of 1,440 x 3,040 pixels. There is a very narrow notch to accommodate the front camera, Essential Phone style. The IP65 / IP68 certification, the Dolby Vision and the Dolby ATMOS certification complete the data sheet.
Of course, like all Sharp smartphones, the availability is limited to the Japanese territory … At least for now: at the beginning of last month an indiscretion told of at least 5 devices arriving in the Old Continent. One of these, the E-F1, seems to be just this AQUOS R2.
For Sharp AQUOS R2 prices, it has not yet been pronounced but it is rumored that the base range of 64 GB of internal memory and 4 GB of RAM will have a cost converted into dollars between $474 and $533, not bad!
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