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

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

62. goodenough

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

creative. If they refined the design, like thinner body and using better materials, and had high-end specs, it could be worldwide

56. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

59. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

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

60. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Agreed...

55. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why such a beautiful phone on a crappy network?

54. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Ear piece?

53. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

Sony should learn something from this...

51. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Holy crap, that looks totally badass!

50. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

5.5 inch one looks futuristic to me. Wow.

48. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Is this coming to the EU?

47. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

46. mmeysarosh

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

45. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

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

43. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

52. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

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

41. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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?

40. Timmons

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

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

23. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

"...native compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker." The ONYX has APTX, does "native compatibility" mean this phone has it?

18. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

That's cool and hot at the same time. Too bad it runs Android.

20. TouchWiZSucks

Posts: 53; Member since: May 12, 2014

Too Good considering it doesn't run Windows phone 8

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7696; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

22. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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 ;)

25. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

No, it's not the case. I'm not S-Murfette.

27. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 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.

30. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

57. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 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

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

What? I want Sharp phones in Finland!

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

49. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

top kek

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1579; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

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