Sharp AQUOS Crystal X is another smartphone with edgeless display (and better specs than Sprint's AQUOS Crystal)

Sharp AQUOS Crystal X is another smartphone with edgeless display (and better specs than Sprint's AQUOS Crystal)
Earlier this year, Sharp surprised us by launching its AQUOS Crystal in the US via Sprint and Boost Mobile. With its 5-inch edgeless display, the Crystal is the type of handset that you usually find only in Japan, thus it was easy for it to attract a lot of interest from customers in America.

Now, Sharp is launching an upgraded version of the AQUOS Crystal. Called AQUOS Crystal X, the smartphone was, in fact, announced by the company at about the same time with the AQUOS Crystal, but it's only now that it's being released: customers in Japan will be able to pre-order it starting tomorrow, December 13, through SoftBank.

While Sprint’s AQUOS Crystal is a mid-range device, the AQUOS Crystal X can be considered a high-end one. It features a 5.5-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, VoLTE, Harman Kardon sound, quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and a 2610 mAh battery. On the back, the handset has a 13 MP camera with LED flash, while on the front we can see a 1.2 MP camera.

Since it measures 139 x 73 x 11 mm, the AQUOS Crystal X is definitely more compact than most (if not all) of the other 5.5-inch smartphones out there. For comparison, LG’s G3 measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm.

The AQUOS Crystal X runs Android KitKat, and will be available (for a price that hasn't been announced) in three color versions: black, white, and pink/red. Sharp didn’t say if it’s planning to release the new handset in the US, but rest assured that we’ll let you know if we hear anything about this. Until then, check out the Crystal X below:


sources: SoftBank, Press release (in Japanese)

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43 Comments

1. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

This phone looks upside down to me.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed But IMO it still would look strange with just a top bezel IMO they should split the big bezel, like on the Xperia ZL

23. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

then it would look just as "normal" as a lot of other phones out there

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Looks quite different to me (still much smaller bezels than say the G3)https://i.imgur.com/6nbnkAX.png

25. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

to you yes but try to tell that to the rest of the world

17. synthetic_llama

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

They should of have added an E-Ink mini panel display at the bottom part. camera in the middle with two speakers on the corner bottoms or whatever that line is on the left side of aquos logo.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Amazin Yet it is still fat and has a small battery

8. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Despite not having a top bezel it still has to fit all the components other phones have to fit inside them, less bezels will result in a thicker phone, that's why the iPhone 6 is so slim because it has huge bezels.

35. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You take away to much bezel, and you hurt the accessory business. Apple has the most cases available by far of any manufacturer......from cheap Chinese junk, to high-end cases that cost more then the phone itself.

3. flexile

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Nice! I hope it is priced as competitively as Sprint's Aquos Crystal.

4. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

You'd expect this to have a much larger battery considering how thick it is

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

If' it's optimized better than the Mini one then yeah...nice phone...as well as appropriately priced....like around 300-400 bucks.

6. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

looks weir

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Too bad it's Japan, I'm pass

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Japan tech is waaaaaaaaay better than China tech. Waaaaay waaaaay better. China just copies what Japanese and Koreans do and take it as their own.

18. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Pretty sure you miss out every article titled "monsters from Asia" on PA

20. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Sure they sell but it doesnt mean that it comes in high quality. There are companies who doesnt put money on R&D, after sales and advertising. They just outsorce every component in their phones, a Sony camera, Samsung SoC, etc. Where in the world I had read a propriety XiaoMi parts that has innovation and protected by patents. Dont let me get started by mentioning Ericsson.

29. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

By copy, you mean manufacture? The last time I checked, China manufactures >85% of all electronics....globally. GLOBALLY. So, you are saying that 85% of all worldwide electronics are just cheap copies? 85%???? I should return my "Made in China" laptop, cellphone, and TV back to the store. Because more than likely, according to your twisted logic, they are fakes.

30. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Again, the literals are here. Many devices were ASSEMBLED and MADE in China. The components and parts are made somewhere else. Assembled with guidelines that came from an individual OEM's good manufacturing practice.

31. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Components and parts" made somewhere else? Yeah...in other parts of China. Did you not see this: ">85% of all electronics"? That includes electronic "components and parts." Please understand that and move on with your anti-China life.

34. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

You want to talk about quality from china well my friend watch this 1 minute video it will change your life forever. The R5 - Does it SMASH?:http://youtu.be/W518zj3KLrA

38. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

OMG! I saw that video as well. much better than the iphone 6. iphone 6 = 6.xmm bends Oppo R5 = 4.5mm completely fine.

41. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The mainland Chinese companies are well known around the world for copying, stealing, and producing cheap "knockoff" of premium products. This is a well known fact and continues to this day. Btw, these mainland factories like those owned by Foxconn are really assemblers. Then you look at Xioami who uses Qualcomm snapdragon processors -- and we all know Qualcomm is a U.S. concern.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I'm sure it will come to Sprint as well, since Sharp has a good relationship with Softbank (Which is how Sprint got the first Aquos Crystal) and that phone has actually sold pretty decently on Sprint, I see it fairly often (not as often as the iphone of galaxy s5, but a lot more than the other budget smartphones Sprint has).

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What is this infatuation with bezels and thickness? That is a gorgeous phone with very pleasing lines and a subtle concave back.

12. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Did someone buybthe aquos? I'd like to hear if its easy to handle like the design and has at least 1 big bezel for comfortably holding your phone watching a youtube video or something.

13. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Almost no bezel is also ugly. The camera is weirdly placed at the bottom. Where is the top speaker? I dont like the design.

39. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

the speaker is inside the display. though I do agree with you.

15. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Half of the bottom bezel should be at the top. People have face difficulty reaching the top not the bottom. And I'm okay with the thickness but the battery should be larger IMO.

16. Dxyuyu unregistered

Now make it perfect by reducing half the size of bottom bezel

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