New Sharp Aquos flagship leak: bezel-less insanity

Just last week, Sharp announced the Aquos S2 — an upper-midrange handset with almost no bezels from all sides, save for a chin with a home button at the bottom. The Aquos family of devices was among the first to achieve that “tri-bezelless” look, but they haven't been sold much outside of Japan. The only Aquos that reached Western markets was the Crystal, which was officially available through Sprint.

Anyway, with everyone doing crazy thin bezels this year, Sharp needs to up its screen-to-body ratio game a bit. And it seems it has.

An unknown “Sharp Aquos flagship” has been leaked in a render. The handset looks a bit like the recently-announced Aquos S2, but its “chin” is super-slim. In fact, it looks like there's no room for a home button down there, so Sharp has outfitted the strip with what appears to be a slow-glowing LED. The selfie camera has also been moved to the bottom of the handset, instead of being nested in an annoying “notch” that digs at the top of the screen.

How legit is this leak? Well, with what we've seen from smartphone makers this year, the device doesn't look impossible to make. And, considering that Sharp was among the first to pioneer the razor-thin bezel, we would say it's quite probable that this is a real upcoming device. Probably a successor to the Crystal X family? In any case, we'd say that the chances of it being sold internationally are as slim as its bezels.

source: /Leaks



1. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

This is sharp with 4k screen.?

23. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

It looks gorgeous. That look is way better than Samsung S8 and expected iPhone 8. If it is with SD835 and make decent photos AND if it came to Europe I will buy one.

27. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Even if it won't come to Europe, via kyoex you can buy any Japanese smart phone, but those are expensive.

31. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Thank you. Will use it if the rest is OK. But the design is stunning!


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

To be fair it's not better than S8 design, at least the S8 bezels are symmetrical and minimal to the best of Samsung abilities. Maybe Samsung will slim those bezels further which i like. I hate it when OEMs remove one bezel and leave the other, either remove/minimize both of them but don't keep one. Anyway you are entitled to your opinion.

36. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It's not about being fair to like a certain smartphone design more than the other(s). It's just about personal opinion.

37. AustinPaul

Posts: 152; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

To be fair - the OP stated it as a fact as opposed to something like "if you ask me" or "IMO". IMO, the S8 is more attractive.

38. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I know that. My point was different than what you understood.

47. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Not all people like a gimmicky curve screen which doesn't offer any practical use.

41. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It looks gorgeous indeed. Amazing that these aren't sold outside Japan

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

it looks amazing but where is the front speaker? and what is that light in the bottom of the screen ?

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It's the front facing camera.

17. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

The front speaker should be at the top edge of the top screen, just like how the speaker placement is for AQUOS S2 The light located at the bottom should presumably be "hikari emotion light", in western term called: "led notification light". Sharp AQUOS phones such as SH-01H/SH-02H/502SH/502SH mini/SH-04H/506SH all have these led notification light at the bottom and side respectively. Bonus: 1) Japanese AQUOS smartphones has HTU U's squeeze function(albeit less functions) since 2013 2) Has Apple's future "adjustable viewing angle" called VielView since 2013 3) 120Hz display since 2015

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Phonearena should have mentioned that Sharp isn't a Japanese firm anymore, and should have covered its failure in the past that lead to its bankruptcy so that people won't be confused anything Japanese are the best anymore.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well they would if this was Samsung as they would take a paragraph or two to mention the Note 7, if not more. But seeing as how Sharp is owned by Foxconn which is pretty much owned by Apple which also owns iPA, they cannot mention that.

16. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Hallyu, you are wrong. Sharp still is Japanese, because NOT the whole brand was sold to Foxconn.

4. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Quoting a previous post from iPhoneArena: 'It looks like an iPhone 8!' HAHAHAHAHA xD c.f. c.f. Now speaking seriously, I really like this design. It reminds me of distant cousin from the LG G6 and the back reminds me of a Nokia Lumia phone. I'm digging it :)

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1341; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Im still in shock they published that statement... actually..... why am i shocked

5. Bondurant

Posts: 781; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Why not just have it inverted with that bezel and camera on top and no bezel at bottom ?

8. hansip87

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

either way would make it look unbalanced.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yep. Key thing that needs to be fixed aesthetically. Otherwise a pretty good looking phone. Also dont like the offset screen for media/gameplay. Much like Apple is assumed at this point to be doing.

6. Osama99

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 14, 2014


9. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I wonder why they don't really enter western market? Agreements? Patents?

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1507; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Fingerprint sensor on the side? Kinda looks like a Sony phone without bezels. Imho looking good. Let's hope they announce it on IFA or sooner.

13. LiveFaith

Posts: 474; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Gorgeous. I wonder if they are doing the audio through the front glass again? Interesting concept. Keep em' comin'.

18. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

I wonder why did SHARP drop that ever since 305SH/306SH/402SH/Crystal/Crystal X. I've used Crystal X(402sh) and the sound is decent, not to mention you can place the top part of the screen anywhere on your ears to use.

15. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This is a Sharp device, made for Japan, and actually made in Japan. I am sure about this, because the render looks Japanese style.

19. foreverNOOB

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

I really want this statement to be true but won't. Even latest Sharp flagship for nttDOCOMO, auKDDI, SoftBank were manufactured in China. The last two Sharp flagship that made in Japan were SH-01H, SH-04H and their counterpart for another Japanese carriers but not all batches were made in Japan, just some early batches only.

21. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Don't forget SH-02G & SH-02H which are Japan made as well! If you really desire Japanese made smartphones, you can always rely on Fujitsu :-)

26. foreverNOOB

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

I didn't include SH-02G and SH-02H because SH-02G was from 2014 so it's old and also not directly belong to Sharp as it was marketed under Disney's name and for SH-02H because it's a sub-flagship. Also yeah, last "Made in Japan" device I've used was Fujitsu NX F-02H and once considered to get latest NX but its not a flagship anymore.

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