Meet the most compact 5-incher: Sharp Aquos Crystal vs Nexus 5 vs S5 and others size comparison

Meet the most compact 5-incher: Sharp Aquos Crystal vs Nexus 5 vs S5 and others size comparison
So, thanks to SoftBank's Sprint buyout, we are finally getting some of the almighty Japanese smartphones on this side of the pond, and with a fresh new handset at that, not some existing rehash. Sprint just announced the availability of the bezel-less Sharp AQUOS Crystal, which will sell for $0 if you get it with contract, $150 if you get it on prepaid with Boost or Virgin, and a $240 MSRP if you just buy it SIM-free. 

In the great traditions of Sharp's EDGEST design language, the Aquos Crystal has almost no side and top bezels, which allows it to fit a 5" panel in a size that is more akin to a 4.5" model. Actually, the phone is just 5 inches (131mm) in height and 2.6 inches (67mm) in width. For comparison, that's about as compact as the Moto G, while having a half-inch larger display diagonal. Thus, the Crystal sports one of the best screen-to-body ratios in the industry, with about 78.21% of the front being a pure display surface - better than, say, the LG G2, but still lower than Sharp's EDGEST champion - the AQUOS SH-04F, with its eyepopping 81%, the highest in the industry.

Sharp's phones aside, nobody comes even close to the AQUOS Crystal's ergonomics, certainly nothing that is being sold in the US market, as you can see from our size comparison below. Again, for the SIM-free price of the Moto G LTE, you are getting a better phone with similar dimensions, yet a half-inch larger, 5" display diagonal - what's not to love here. Keep'em coming, SoftBank, Sprint users will certainly appreciate it.

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

131 x 67 x 10 mm

Weight

4.97 oz (141 g)

Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5

Dimensions

5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches

137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Motorola Moto G LTE

Motorola Moto G LTE

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches

137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

LG G3 s

LG G3 s

Dimensions

5.42 x 2.74 x 0.41 inches

137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

131 x 67 x 10 mm

Weight

4.97 oz (141 g)

Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5

Dimensions

5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches

137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Motorola Moto G LTE

Motorola Moto G LTE

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches

137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

LG G3 s

LG G3 s

Dimensions

5.42 x 2.74 x 0.41 inches

137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Related phones

AQUOS Crystal
  • Display 5.0 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2040 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0 inches 1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
Moto G LTE
  • Display 4.5 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2070 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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