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Gorgeous, "frame-less" Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone coming to Sprint tomorrow?

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We pieced together a lovely puzzle today! The first part of it is that US carrier Sprint has a New York City event scheduled for tomorrow, Aug. 19. The tagline is "Take the edge off", and the invite is richly illustrated with crystals. Which leads us to the second part - Japanese carrier and Sprint owner - SoftBank - just announced a mouth-watering pair of smartphones, "incidentally" called the Sharp Aquos Crystal and Sharp Aquos Crystal X. The descendants of our beloved Asian monster, the Sharp SH-04F Aquos, are exceptional phones to look at, because they are almost bezel-less! Not just "LG bezel-less" - the new Sharp phones sport bezels as thin as a razor's edge! And one of them is absolutely coming to the USA.

The Aquos Crystal measures 5 inches (131mm) in height and 2.6 inches (67mm) in width at a substantial 0.39 inches (10mm) thickness. It weights 5 ounces (140 grams). Spec-wise, the phone shapes up to be a premium looker, but a mid-ranger. It has a 5-inch 720p display, an LTE-capable quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC running at 1.2GHz and 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space, and runs on Android 4.4.2. The battery capacity is 2040mAh. Additionally, the phone is equipped with a Harman Kardon sound effects engine with support for "Clari-Fi" (restoring of information lost when compressing music), "LiveStage" streaming, and native compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker.

According to an official SoftBank press-release, the Aquos Crystal is scheduled for release in the USA on August 29, with pre-orders starting tomorrow. Check out some high-resolution photos of the gorgeous phone below.


The Aquos Crystal X, which will remain a Japanese exclusive for now, is the flagship version of the phone - it's upgraded to a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked to 2.3GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2610mAh battery. Its dimensions are a slightly bigger 5.5 inches (139mm) height, 2.9 inches (73mm) width, and 0.43 inches (11mm) thickness. The battery capacity eludes us at this very moment.


Obviously, we're eagerly awaiting Sprint's tomorrow announcement. These Aquos phones are definitely a leg above everything else on the Android market in terms of design and screen-to-body ratio.

source: SoftBank JP 1 , 2 , 3 , Livedoor

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posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:04 3

1. donrox (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)


not bad. not bad at all

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:31 2

12. neela_akaash (Posts: 165; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Looks really great....

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:08 5

21. Jommick (Posts: 209; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


glorious Nippon steel

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:41 1

32. vincelongman (Posts: 1555; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed, no soft easy to scratch aluminum

But I'd prefer the top and bottom bezels to be the same size
I.e. both small, instead of this one where the bottom is big and no top
IMO It looks funny with no bezels around the top and side but then a big bottom bezel

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 12:55

61. zeeBomb (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Give me the jap version only pls

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:06 7

2. Ashoaib (Posts: 2355; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


wow... japanese are the best when they design phones... though its pretty ackward that bezels are on one side, or rather we can call a very unique design?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:10 8

3. SemiFinal (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


Boom! Out of nowhere! That's pretty cool

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:16 13

4. twens (Posts: 694; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Now that's what I call sexy. Not what apple does and every screams it's epic. This is what I call epic. Game changer.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:17 2

5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


What Sprint? What about releasing it globally?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:57 7

19. Doakie (Posts: 1304; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Sprint. Because they don't want to sell any.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:19 3

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


We should remember that this small bezels are just waste. They hurt ergonomics, you can't even hold it comfortably (accidental touches). Also no bezels=fragility, drop the phone and see your phone's display being shattered.
Sharp is going too impractical and unrealistic for extremity.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:26 4

9. pwnarena (Posts: 956; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


we should also remember that the smartphone case manufacturing industry is quite a prolific one. many people enclose their devices with cases. well, arguably, most people encase their newly bought devices even at the expense of adding more bulk. with a device like that, the use of cases is justified.

at least people now have a choice if they want those extreme bezels and protect them with their cases.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:36 2

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


That's even worse, cases cover some of the front bezels. Here there are no bezels for the case to cover and it would cover the touch display instead.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:37 1

29. pwnarena (Posts: 956; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


kidding? wouldn't it be possible to have a case with a transparent component? china will produce anything for everything.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:15

44. AstronautJones (Posts: 272; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Transparent, but what about touching it?
If transparent case covers even part of screen, blocks it from use.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:35 6

13. tigermcm (Posts: 742; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


they are giving what the ppl want. i've seen plenty of comments complaining about bezel size

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:38 1

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'm just pointing out this is extremity. What LG has done is enough already.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:38 1

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'm just pointing out this is extremity. What LG has done is enough already.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:48 1

34. NexusPhan (Posts: 528; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I totally agree. The G2/G3 are perfect amounts of bezel. Not too much, not too little.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:36 4

24. DillWeed (Posts: 81; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


Oh, so you've already used this phone and know what's up? How's the palm rejection on this device?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:40

31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


There is no such tech. :)

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:57 7

26. medtxa (Posts: 272; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


small bezels is no waste, bezels are waste. why would it hurt ergonomic? phone ergonomics is same as other phone just minus top bezels. aciddental touch seriously? do people touch bezel when holding their phone ? no! they hold it by the side. also when it manage to drop it still hit the side not directly at screen. none of your point is make sense.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:41

33. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You mad bro??! Try again.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:50 1

35. NexusPhan (Posts: 528; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Swipe gestures from the side and top become difficult with no bezels.
A case would have to cover the screen. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for small bezels, this is just too little and it's in the wrong places. Phone looks damn good tho. I'd be willing to at least give it a try.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:56

37. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Good post. These dat bezel fanboys are so dumb, they haven't tried the phone and getting helluva excited lol.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 07:25

42. Run.n.Gun (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


You haven't tried the phone either so what are you complaining about

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 20:15

58. medtxa (Posts: 272; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


they are not bezel fanboy. they are reasonable and cool people.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:24 1

28. vuyonc (Posts: 330; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


A phone with OK bezels that can take a beating > a slim bezel phone which needs a cumbersome, bulky and possibly ugly case all the time. For now at least, 70% screen to bezel ratio should be the limit.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:51 1

36. NexusPhan (Posts: 528; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Agreed plus having evenly distributed bezels. If that 30% bezel is all on the bottom, that doesn't work either.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:18

38. Waffles (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


Sorry but i disagree. I've been using a SH-04F for a month and it doesn't feel uncomfortable at all and haven't had issues with accidental touches whatsoever.

Regarding fragility i'll give you that one, but in that case i only need to be extra careful and everything will be ok.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:20

7. pwnarena (Posts: 956; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


looks elegant with the crystal motif

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:25

8. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Like the x model

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:27 1

10. mixedfish (Posts: 160; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


They always stuff up the rear design, rounded backs belong in 2012.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:28 1

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3152; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


What? I want Sharp phones in Finland!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:40

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I prefer blunt phones. I want my hands safe :D

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:57

49. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


top kek

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:44

18. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


That's cool and hot at the same time.

Too bad it runs Android.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:03 1

20. TouchWiZSucks (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 May 2014)


Too Good considering it doesn't run Windows phone 8

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:26

39. sgodsell (Posts: 1372; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The WP trolls are getting worst. WP is so good that it declined last quarter with only 2.5% of the market. Only 7.4 million WP devices sold globally vs 255 million Android phones. Here's a thought why don't you hang out on those WP articles. Oh I forgot its boring because none of the latest tech comes to any WP devices. You two must get tired of hearing the cricket sounds, so you come to the lively Android world.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:12 1

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Agreed. iOS has accidental finger touch rejection feature, which would be very useful on a phone with this small bezels.
P.S. In case you were wondering, yes I killed your troll bait ;)

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:42

25. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


No, it's not the case.

I'm not S-Murfette.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:06 1

27. medtxa (Posts: 272; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


accidental touch?
can you give me example what part of your hand is making 'accidental touch' when operating phone with bezzelless side like lg g3 and topless bezels like this sharp phone? do you actually always touch phone bezels with both hand when you operating the phone in landscape? then you must be weird.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:38

30. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


G3 is okay, its comfortable enough (but will shatter on a drop, because its flimsy), but sharp is going way too far, you need some place to rest your palm. And no, you are weird.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 20:04

57. medtxa (Posts: 272; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Just try hold your phone with both your palm in landscape and if you actually manage to navigate it then you are weird. the normal actual use is by hold the side with index and thumb to navigate be it one hand or two hand navigating or just hold to watch movie and no chance your palm can touch the screen. now you just exaggerate with this bezeless phone hate thing

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:12

23. Gadgety (Posts: 95; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


"...native compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker."

The ONYX has APTX, does "native compatibility" mean this phone has it?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:45

40. Timmons (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


That is a sell phone. Wasn't expecting sharp to come with something so gorgeous to be honest.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 07:21

41. a_merryman (Posts: 715; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


"flagship version of the phone - it's upgraded to a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked to 2.3GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2610mAh battery."

Two sentences later:
"The battery capacity eludes us at this very moment."

So which is it?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 07:33

43. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Gorgeous, too bad its' service will suck because of that horrid network.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 11:20 1

52. lsutigers (Posts: 758; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Do you really feel the need to bash Sprint in every article? We get it bro. Give it up already.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:23

45. HTCOE (Posts: 499; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


here goes the phone for the bezeless extremist lol...FOH!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:37

46. mmeysarosh (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


So I'm guessing the earpiece on this is the off centered slot on the bottom. Which means you have to 180 the device if you actually need to pick up a call on the device, but since so many use headphones or headsets these days, I guess they decided it would be acceptable.

They really missed the boat on the Crystal X model. It should have the Snapdragon 805 as it contains LTE-A and HEVC support in the GPU. Neither of those are important now, but will be in the not too distant future.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 09:27

47. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6668; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


A beautiful phone like this on u.s. Most crappie network? B. S.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 10:03

48. B-power (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Is this coming to the EU?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 11:16 1

50. na7noo7 (Posts: 269; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


5.5 inch one looks futuristic to me. Wow.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 11:18

51. zinger69 (Posts: 41; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Holy crap, that looks totally badass!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 12:20

53. harigrg33 (Posts: 159; Member since: 20 May 2013)


Sony should learn something from this...

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 12:39

54. iampayne (Posts: 245; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Ear piece?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 17:48 1

55. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6668; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Why such a beautiful phone on a crappy network?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 17:55 1

56. Taters (Posts: 3470; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I'd rather them split the bottom bezel between the bottom and top for symmetry sales but otherwise looks nice

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 22:10

59. medtxa (Posts: 272; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


you have other phone for that, this is different and stunning in it's own way.

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