Look ma, no bezel! Sharp's Sprint-bound Aquos Crystal gets featured in video ads

Look ma, no bezel! Sharp's Sprint-bound Aquos Crystal gets featured in video ads
In case you have been waiting for the future where our devices are mostly screen, and no bezels, the future might be already here, as Sharp's EDGEST design language just took a turn for the extreme, with the newest Sprint-bound Aquos Crystal. Japan's SoftBank carrier, which will put the handset on preorder tomorrow, outed a series of videos extolling the virtues of its newest compact design with almost no side and top bezels, that allows the Sprint-bound Crystal model to fit a 5" panel in a size that is more akin to a 4.5" model.

As a reminder, the phone is just 5 inches (131mm) in height and 2.6 inches (67mm) in width. For comparison, it is about as compact as the Moto G, while having a half-inch larger display diagonal. Sprint has an event tomorrow in New York, titled "Take the edge off." Given the fact that in the SoftBank press release the Aquos Crystal is said to land on Sprint, which is owned by the Japanese carrier, it's not hard to deduce that tomorrow we might see the first tangible fruit of the Sprint's buyout for us, consumers, and with a record-busting handset at that. 

Looking at the specs sheet, it will likely be priced as a midranger, yet perhaps the most ergonomic one ever seen. Take a peek at the video promos in the slideshow below, and rest assured we will cover all the festivities in New York tomorrow.

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46 Comments

43. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Sapphire display?

41. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

HOLY BEZEL. Going to see if screen (underneath the glass) really does break easily...because glass is bound to crack..its just the screen underneath

40. srgonu

Posts: 575; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Its the reverse of an iPhone ;)

39. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Incredible, almost no bezel ..game changer!! And will have Harman kardon sound built in??

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I always wanted A SHARP phone next to SONY. they make BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS SLIM BEZELS FULL SCREENS. shame it have to be wasted on America's most crappy network.

30. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

4 soft-buttons? What version it is? Gingerbread?

29. AustinPaul

Posts: 161; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Notice the "Softbank" at the end the videos. This would explain the Sprint exclusive.

28. tokuzumi

Posts: 2036; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's actually not a bad looking device. I just hope it isn't more prone to screen breakage, with no bezel to protect the screen when dropped. I'm surprised a phone manufacturer is trying to make a smaller phone. Kudos to Sharp!

44. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

there is bezels, thin... but enough to protect the screen

25. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

For this device or any device for that matter that seemingly plays on design the bezel shouldn't be more than quarter inch from the base.

23. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

what a phooone? But the huge bottom bezel sucks. Well some big fish are going to copy this soon

21. irbaaz

Posts: 176; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

This should really win best design/innovativarive design 2014

20. yep_its_ed unregistered

Wait so the earpiece and front facing camera are on the bottom bezel? It would be weird to have to turn the phone upside down to make a call.

18. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Fat bottom girl's make this rockin world go'round..

15. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I like it when concepts graduate to the real deal..especially from companies least expected from.. Kids here have no material to troll on..

8. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Isn't it going to be hard to handle, as in avoiding unintended presses...?

7. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

ok ive seen it, nice.

6. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

still completely rendered, wont be impressed until i see the real bezels.

5. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Drop test please! Lol It actually looks pretty but I think it's very fragile.

4. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

look ma no bezels *drops it* look ma no phone

31. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

what does dropping your phone have to do with bezels? Your glass goes to the edge of the screen regardless of bezel size. and 13 thumbs up? WTF? THINK PEOPLE!

42. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

even a small bezel takes some impact off the central of the phone when your phone hit the ground the impact points the little bezel (or big) takes most of the shock but where there's just the screen it takes most of the impact like how the iphone 4 was layered with glass back and front so mostly you'd see them cracked ! and the glass goes to the edge of the screen and after that there's a little piece of plastic/metal usually! and lastly it's a joke don't your balls in a knot !

46. ihopnavajo

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

"WTF? THINK PEOPLE!" Good advice. Sure, in many phones, the GLASS (either the touch-screen digitizer or just plain ole' glass) may reach to the end or near the end of the bezel, but the LCD, the part that actually cost any decent amount of money in this situation, does not. With typical phones, you can break your glass fairly easy but in many cases it is still totally functional. With this phone, with the LCD extending all the way to the edges of the device, if you crack your glass, you'll have a much higher chance of getting a completely dead screen.

3. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

they should have put the half of bottom bezel to the top

12. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

then it would look just "ordinary" i mean a lot of other manufacturer already done that

17. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I guarantee that it wouldnt look ordinary.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agree. Now the bottom is too fat.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5843; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I still hold my phone with my pinky on the bottom, so with this it would still be a stretch to reach the top left corner of the screen However, if I could install xposed or flash a custom romm then I could use it upside down, which would much it much easier

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Lucky sprint users....

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Unlucky Sharp. This has to be the best example of how carrier exclusive = sales fail. On Sprint of all carriers.

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