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

Gorgeous,
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.


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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62 Comments

1. donrox

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

not bad. not bad at all

12. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Looks really great....

21. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

glorious Nippon steel

32. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 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

61. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Give me the jap version only pls

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 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?

3. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Boom! Out of nowhere! That's pretty cool

4. twens

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What Sprint? What about releasing it globally?

19. Doakie

Posts: 2470; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

29. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

44. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

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

13. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

34. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

24. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

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

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

There is no such tech. :)

26. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 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.

33. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You mad bro??! Try again.

35. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

37. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

42. Run.n.Gun

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

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

58. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

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

28. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

36. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

38. Waffles

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

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