If you think the Pixel 3 XL is ugly, take a look at the double-notch Sharp Aquos R2 Compact

If we have to see it, so do you.

Just when you though you had seen every awful notch on a phone, Sharp is here to one-up everyone. Like the Essential Phone, the Aquos R2 Compact has a small eraser-shaped camera notch at the top of the screen, but it's also added one to the bottom.

Why? Because there's a fingerprint sensor down there. We know what you're thinking, and no, we don't know why Sharp didn't just put it on the back like every other Android phone. So you'll get a rectangular notch at the bottom of the screen that cuts around hand of the fingerprint sensor, while the other half rests on the chin.

It's basically an abomination. But the rest of the phone, it's bad at all:

  • Display: 5.2-inch, 2,280 x 1,080, 120 Hz IGZO
  • Processor: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Battery: 2,500 mAh
  • Rear camera: 22 MP
  • OS: Android 9 Pie

It's also got a headphone jack and water resistance, and comes in a unique "smoky" green color. We're not really sure how smoke and green go together looks more like seasick green to us—but whatever works for Sharp.

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We're not sure how smoke and green relate, but here's the Aquos R2 in Smoky Green.

Most interesting about the Aquos is its 5.2-inch screen. It's rare to find an Android phone that's smaller than 6 inches these days, so 5.2 inches is downright tiny, which will only make that notch look that much bigger. Plus, it utilizes Sharp's somewhat proprietary indium, gallium, zinc and oxygen (IGZO) display tech, bringing higher resolutions and lower power consumption than traditional LCD screens.

The Aquos R2 Compact will be going on sale in Japan later next year, with no plans for a U.S. release. Thank goodness.

Why this matters: We're hoping that the Sharp Aquos R2 serves as an example of how not to do phones, because if double notches become a trend, we just might have to start using a Blackberry again.

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