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

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50 Comments

48. cocoy

Posts: 467; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

This would be awesome if the software is reversible just like Alcatel with that kind of design.

45. pt020

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Finger print like in a Sony... l

44. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

Wow the recent Sharp phones look a heck of a lot better than the Galaxy S8, Note 8, and Iphone 8. I hope they make it out of Japan

40. rsiders

Posts: 2069; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Pretty soon all the phones will look alike cause all we'll have is screens. Long live minimal(at least a little) bezels and front facing speakers!

39. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Very Sharp and gorgeous. Wonder where the ear piece and speakers are and how they function. Also wonder if its got an in-screen FPS.

35. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Call me crazy but I'm loving phones without normal earpieces! Lol. Maybe I just don't care for taking calls. This, Mi Mix 2. Bring it on!

34. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is a beautiful design! I don't like the "solutions" used for iPhone 8 and Essential Phone. They seem to have a "hole" at the top of their screens!

30. chbanks512

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Dayum girl

29. SailfishOS

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

I always wonder why the bezel can't go to the top of the device.... I dont need bezels at the botyom cause i type here

33. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I like that idea. FS at the back or implemented in the screen. S8 has very thin bezel at the top while mounting all the essentials there.

25. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

This is definitely better than iPhone 8turd.

24. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This is a great looking phone, But like many have said what is keeping it out of the USA? Patents, Touch ID, Agreements, what ?

22. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This looks insanity beauty!

15. Sealblaighter

Posts: 443; 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: 188; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

I really want this statement to be true but no...it 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: 188; 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.

28. Sealblaighter

Posts: 443; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

You are wrong. The latest high-end Sharp, the Sh-04H was made in Japan, but not only that. High-end phones are made in Japan. Foxconn makes other series of Aquos phones. You can ask any Japanese person who are selling phones. They are not lying.

42. foreverNOOB

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

I do stated that SH-04H made in Japan 'but' just some batches, go back and re read it again. And if you're used the same model more than one time you will find that not all of them were made in Japan. The reseller who sale these phones will just pretend like all the phones from Japan were all made in Japan, but in reality? NO P-02E were made in Malaysia or China. SONY also made some of their phone in Thailand, China. Most of Sharp phone were made in China except early batches of flagship model or some limited edition or partnered edition like SH-01FDQ Dragon Quest, Disney mobile for DOCOMO SH-05F/SH-02G/DM-01H, Vivienne Westwood SH-01E, NERV SH-06D, etc. If you want Sharp phone that all of them were made in Japan you need to look at Limited Edition only. ******"And please read this"****** before FOXCONN purchased Sharp, Sharp did have their own assembly line in China and other country for a long time."***"""""

43. Sealblaighter

Posts: 443; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Can you link me your source? Cheaper devices are made in China of course.

49. foreverNOOB

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Source came from myself as i once was a fan of Japanese devices and purchased some of them more than one time. You can check your Japanese phone if it made in whatever country by open the sim card flap and look for a little white paper then pull it out, that paper will have IMEI number and words Made in .... P-06D - 1 time (made in China ) P-07D - 1 time (made in China) P-02E - 3 times (2 of them came made in Malaysia and another ones in China) 302SH - 1 time ( made in Japan) 304SH - 4 times (2 made in Japan while the others 2 in China) 305SH - 6 times (just 1 made in Japan while the others all in China) 402SH - 2 times (both made in Japan) SH-02E - 3 times (all made in Japan) SH-01F - 2 times (1 made in Japan the other in China) SH-01F Dragon Quest - 2 times (both made in Japan) SH-01E Vivienne Westwood - 1 time (made in japan) SH-04F - 2 times (1 made in Japan other 1 in China) SH-01G - 3 times (1 made in Japan others 2 in China) SH-02G - 2 times ( both made in Japan) SH-03G - 2 times (1 made in Japan other in China) SH-01H - 2 times ( 1 made in Japan other in China) SH-04H - 1 times (mine was made in Japan but my friend also has it and that 1 made in China) Fujitsu flagship were all made in Japan. Sony for Japanese carriers will made in Japan but if it bound to other marker that will change. XZ premium purchased from HK but made in Thailand. XZ purchased from France but made in Vietnam.

50. Sealblaighter

Posts: 443; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

So you have bought a lot of Japanese phones, for example you have bought 2 of the Sh-03G? 2 of Sh-01H? You tried to sell them to others?

20. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Sealblaighter, I think you are right. Look closely at the bottom of the device and it could very well be a lanyard slot, like all Japanese and Japanese AQUOS smartphones have. I doubt they'll make a lanyard slot for the international market.

46. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

No, this is a fanmade concept, a Chinese one at that. That's Chinese on the screen, not Japanese. Which is a big shame because it has some of hallmarks of the Sharp EDGEST designs and is virtually perfect for me. I like that it has a bit of a chin to hold and a central camera, like the Xx2. The seemingly in-power-button fingerprint scanner is also fine by me and there's an Emotion Light, and camera button, though I don't dig the volume key placement. Once again fans know what fans want but companies don't. As for those constantly asking why there's still a bottom chin, it gives people a place to hold the phone properly, you don't hold your phone upside down do you? And of course there has to be a place to fit the LCD backlight and some auxillary items such as the camera there. The good news is, if there is a company that can make a phone like this, it is Sharp. Whether they will is an entirely different story.

13. LiveFaith

Posts: 527; 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.

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; 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.

9. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

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

6. Osama99

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

SONY TAKE NOTES PLEASE.

5. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

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