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

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Me: "Look ma, no bezel!" Ma: "Cool, how much is it?" Me: "It's coming to Sprint." Ma: "WTF is Sprint? You want some isotonic soda or what?" Me: "Nevermind, just get a Sony." See? This "Look ma" joke doesn't work every time, especially when this thing is not even available globally. You know what's better? "Look ma, waterproof! Sony!" That's much better.

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3259; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

@xperiadroid... plz dont troll... its a new device and new brand, sharp is not well known in mobile phone space, so plz dont troll... if you still want to fullfil your appitite of trolling then there are plenty of well know brands. you can choose from sony, lg, samsung, apple, motorla etc appreciate the design, its unique... something different from others

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Dear Ashoaib, I understand that you appreciate the unique design of Sharp phones, me too. But Sharp isn't a new brand, they started since 1912, well-known for their beautiful TVs; but back in the good old days, Sharp already started to make phones but they're mostly Japanese exclusive and they did sell few of their phones outside Japan on some countries but they didn't succeed. The point of my comment here and the other one on the previous article was to spread how much I like Sharp phones and also the desire of global launch of it. Why I dragged Sony here? It's simple, because Sony and Sharp are both from Japan, Sony at least will launch their phones on most countries but Sharp is like limited. If what I appreciate, like and desire is trolling, then you should go search the meaning for the word "trolling". Stay awesome. Peace and love. Best regards, xperiaDROID

14. Ashoaib

Posts: 3259; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

thumbs up for you buddy ;)

16. Gregor

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

More than 10 years ago Sharp had two very popular mobile phones in Europe sold by Vodafone, GX 10 and GX20, one of the first cameraphones with high resolution screen.

22. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

They are well known in the eastern part of the world. We just don't get those pretty awesome phones.They are also pretty water resistant as well or at least their past models tended to be (maybe I'm thinking of Panasonic in that realm). That said I hope they didn't diminish the earpiece quality to get those slim bezels and I hope there are innovative ways for cases to adequately protect the phone without impeding functionality (like editing things on the far borders of the display). Lastly... why Sprint? I wanna see something like this for all carriers or an unlocked international version.

35. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It's probably because softbank has a relationship with Sharp.

34. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

actually they're not new at all. but this is one of their best designs. i like it. i just hope they release it as GSM. Sprint? come on if they want some cash they would release it on At&t or verizon. nobody will buy this phone on sprint.

26. Sealblaighter

Posts: 417; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Don't be fool, Sharp it's much better than Sony. Sharp it's Japanese too! They are not present in the global markets, they sell mostly in Japan.

36. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

yea exactly. thats the problem.

45. Sealblaighter

Posts: 417; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

But you can buy any Japanese smart phone from kyoex.com.

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dammm....that just screen. Where is phone lol

33. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

If this would have been the new iPhone 6. The article will be flooded with the comments like "the greatest design innovation of the decade."

38. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Says the Troll with xperia on its name.... shooo go away!

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.

24. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I dont think sharp cares. They rarely send their phones out of the Japanese market anyway so wont change much.

27. Sealblaighter

Posts: 417; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

You can buy any Japanese smart phone from NTT Docomo, by kyoex.com.

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: 5611; 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

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.

5. phljcnth

Posts: 549; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

6. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

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

7. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

ok ive seen it, nice.

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