Essential Phone PH-1 is a good-looking handset if not for it’s distracting cyclopy camera cutout above its display. But with it’s convincing large bezel-less display paired with it’s flagship grade specifications, it’s worth the “forget and forgive”.
Sharp just launched a mini version of the Essential Phone, they call it Sharp Aquos R Compact. I call it a mini version of the Essential because it has that cyclopy camera cutout at the top center of the display. However, unlike the Essential, the Aquos R Compact somehow missed the design department.
Spec-wise, the new Aquos R Compact smartphone packs a rather impressive specification. It comes with 4.9-inch Full HD IGZO display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM. It also has a 16.4 megapixel rear-facing camera and 8 megapixel on the front. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with Sharp’s EMOPA 7.0 skin. And wait, it also supports Quick Charge 3.0 to accompany its 2500mAh of battery.
Here’s where things started to get messy. The Sharp Aquos R Compact isn’t completely bezel-less like the Essential PH-1. It has that ugly thick chin which only houses a small home button. Don’t get me wrong, but the upper part of the device looks pretty awesome. I like it so much. I just don’t understand how Sharp messed that up on the bottom part. Anyway, it’s a mid-range smartphone so maybe we couldn’t ask for more, right?
But if there’s one thing the Aquos R Compact will outshine most of the Android smartphones in the market, it’s its Full HD IGZO display that has a 120Hz refresh rate. This is twice as fast than most smartphone displays today and on par with that of the iPad Pro.
It will be available in four color options: black, white, gold and silver. It will go on sale in Japan on December via Softbank. Global availability is yet unknown.