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Sharp AQUOS Crystal X is another smartphone with edgeless display (and better specs than Sprint's AQUOS Crystal)

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Sharp AQUOS Crystal X is another smartphone with edgeless display (and better specs than Sprint's AQUOS Crystal)
Earlier this year, Sharp surprised us by launching its AQUOS Crystal in the US via Sprint and Boost Mobile. With its 5-inch edgeless display, the Crystal is the type of handset that you usually find only in Japan, thus it was easy for it to attract a lot of interest from customers in America.

Now, Sharp is launching an upgraded version of the AQUOS Crystal. Called AQUOS Crystal X, the smartphone was, in fact, announced by the company at about the same time with the AQUOS Crystal, but it's only now that it's being released: customers in Japan will be able to pre-order it starting tomorrow, December 13, through SoftBank.

While Sprint’s AQUOS Crystal is a mid-range device, the AQUOS Crystal X can be considered a high-end one. It features a 5.5-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, VoLTE, Harman Kardon sound, quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and a 2610 mAh battery. On the back, the handset has a 13 MP camera with LED flash, while on the front we can see a 1.2 MP camera.

Since it measures 139 x 73 x 11 mm, the AQUOS Crystal X is definitely more compact than most (if not all) of the other 5.5-inch smartphones out there. For comparison, LG’s G3 measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm.

The AQUOS Crystal X runs Android KitKat, and will be available (for a price that hasn't been announced) in three color versions: black, white, and pink/red. Sharp didn’t say if it’s planning to release the new handset in the US, but rest assured that we’ll let you know if we hear anything about this. Until then, check out the Crystal X below:


sources: SoftBank, Press release (in Japanese)

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posted on 12 Dec 2014, 18:23 6

1. galanoth (Posts: 425; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


This phone looks upside down to me.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 19:36 5

10. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed
But IMO it still would look strange with just a top bezel

IMO they should split the big bezel, like on the Xperia ZL

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 02:48 4

23. kent-gaga (Posts: 497; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


then it would look just as "normal" as a lot of other phones out there

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 03:47 1

24. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Looks quite different to me (still much smaller bezels than say the G3)
https://i.imgur.com/6nbnkAX.png

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 04:09

25. kent-gaga (Posts: 497; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


to you
yes
but try to tell that to the rest of the world

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 22:45

17. synthetic_llama (Posts: 26; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


They should of have added an E-Ink mini panel display at the bottom part. camera in the middle with two speakers on the corner bottoms or whatever that line is on the left side of aquos logo.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 18:28

2. UglyFrank (Posts: 1601; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Amazin
Yet it is still fat and has a small battery

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 19:15 13

8. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Despite not having a top bezel it still has to fit all the components other phones have to fit inside them, less bezels will result in a thicker phone, that's why the iPhone 6 is so slim because it has huge bezels.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 17:47

35. Blazers (Posts: 424; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You take away to much bezel, and you hurt the accessory business. Apple has the most cases available by far of any manufacturer......from cheap Chinese junk, to high-end cases that cost more then the phone itself.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 18:35

3. flexile (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


Nice! I hope it is priced as competitively as Sprint's Aquos Crystal.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 18:41

4. Fallen1 (Posts: 283; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


You'd expect this to have a much larger battery considering how thick it is

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 18:42

5. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


If' it's optimized better than the Mini one then yeah...nice phone...as well as appropriately priced....like around 300-400 bucks.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 18:45

6. joey18 (Posts: 589; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


looks weir

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 19:04 2

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1035; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Too bad it's Japan, I'm pass

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 19:51 9

11. Settings (Posts: 1494; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Japan tech is waaaaaaaaay better than China tech. Waaaaay waaaaay better. China just copies what Japanese and Koreans do and take it as their own.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 22:48 2

18. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1035; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Pretty sure you miss out every article titled "monsters from Asia" on PA

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 23:26 6

20. Settings (Posts: 1494; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Sure they sell but it doesnt mean that it comes in high quality. There are companies who doesnt put money on R&D, after sales and advertising. They just outsorce every component in their phones, a Sony camera, Samsung SoC, etc. Where in the world I had read a propriety XiaoMi parts that has innovation and protected by patents. Dont let me get started by mentioning Ericsson.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 10:00 1

29. kevin91202 (Posts: 525; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


By copy, you mean manufacture? The last time I checked, China manufactures >85% of all electronics....globally. GLOBALLY. So, you are saying that 85% of all worldwide electronics are just cheap copies? 85%????

I should return my "Made in China" laptop, cellphone, and TV back to the store. Because more than likely, according to your twisted logic, they are fakes.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 10:12

30. Settings (Posts: 1494; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Again, the literals are here.
Many devices were ASSEMBLED and MADE in China. The components and parts are made somewhere else. Assembled with guidelines that came from an individual OEM's good manufacturing practice.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 10:21 1

31. kevin91202 (Posts: 525; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


"Components and parts" made somewhere else? Yeah...in other parts of China. Did you not see this: ">85% of all electronics"? That includes electronic "components and parts." Please understand that and move on with your anti-China life.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 11:13 2

34. Dr.Hye (Posts: 95; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


You want to talk about quality from china well my friend watch this 1 minute video it will change your life forever.

The R5 - Does it SMASH?:http://youtu.be/W518zj3KLrA

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 07:07

38. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


OMG! I saw that video as well. much better than the iphone 6.

iphone 6 = 6.xmm

bends

Oppo R5 = 4.5mm

completely fine.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 19:31

41. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The mainland Chinese companies are well known around the world for copying, stealing, and producing cheap "knockoff" of premium products. This is a well known fact and continues to this day.

Btw, these mainland factories like those owned by Foxconn are really assemblers. Then you look at Xioami who uses Qualcomm snapdragon processors -- and we all know Qualcomm is a U.S. concern.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 21:41

14. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I'm sure it will come to Sprint as well, since Sharp has a good relationship with Softbank (Which is how Sprint got the first Aquos Crystal) and that phone has actually sold pretty decently on Sprint, I see it fairly often (not as often as the iphone of galaxy s5, but a lot more than the other budget smartphones Sprint has).

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 19:22

9. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1611; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


What is this infatuation with bezels and thickness? That is a gorgeous phone with very pleasing lines and a subtle concave back.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 21:10

12. romeo1 (Posts: 706; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Did someone buybthe aquos?
I'd like to hear if its easy to handle like the design and has at least 1 big bezel for comfortably holding your phone watching a youtube video or something.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 21:39 1

13. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Almost no bezel is also ugly. The camera is weirdly placed at the bottom. Where is the top speaker? I dont like the design.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 07:08

39. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


the speaker is inside the display. though I do agree with you.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 21:43 1

15. Cyberchum (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Half of the bottom bezel should be at the top. People have face difficulty reaching the top not the bottom. And I'm okay with the thickness but the battery should be larger IMO.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 22:05 1

16. Dxyuyu (unregistered)


Now make it perfect by reducing half the size of bottom bezel

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 23:21

19. stonehengemills (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


The almost bezel-free design makes every other phone look like a Palm Pilot from 2001. I don't want to make the obvious pun, but I almost have to: this is a Sharp design. Kudos to that company for miniaturizing electronics enough to make a thick bezel unnecessary. Now, Sharp, if you can market better than Sony, you're already ahead of the game. But I got a feeling this will be yet another Japan-only release.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 23:42

21. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Too thick and if they used a 5 inch 1080p screen it would have been much more attractive. 5.5 is still too big, despite not having any bezels.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 04:15

26. Suo.Eno (Posts: 489; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Millimeters, fits a 2610mAh and it's still too thick? I swear to God that humanity's growing weaker by the second. We can't do these unrealistic demands with current tech and materials buddy.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 19:50 1

36. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


11mm is fat.

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 07:10

40. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


that is because there are no bezels

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 01:42

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I don't like ultra slim bezels, some bezel is better for usability.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 04:19 1

27. Suo.Eno (Posts: 489; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Said this before; when we need slimmer bezels some logic must be maintained in aspects of durability or added specs and that means just the side bezels. I still won't mind a forehead and chin bezels if that equals to stereo front firing speakers unless if Sharp can come with pretty decent side firing ones.

Whatever it is though some more kudos to Sharp as they've proved a strong point here.

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 04:52

28. frederick333123 (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


co0ol

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 10:27

32. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


This was released before the Aquos Crystal...

posted on 14 Dec 2014, 06:47

37. Florin.T (Posts: 216; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


It was announced at the same time with the AQUOS Crystal, but it's only now that it's being released. I've updated the article to better reflect that. Thanks!

posted on 13 Dec 2014, 10:53

33. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I like it.

I wonder how many accidental touches you'd have while holding the phone though.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 23:04

42. gosselin (Posts: 87; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Sharp should sell Crystal X worldwide

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 23:24

43. goodenough (Posts: 82; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)


Come to Sprint. I want to see it

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