Sharp AQUOS Crystal (with its edgeless display) available now at Sprint and Boost Mobile

Sharp AQUOS Crystal (with its edgeless display) available now at Sprint and Boost Mobile
Remember the awesome-looking Sharp AQUOS Crystal smartphone that was announced by Sprint back in August? The handset is now finally available, both via Sprint, and Boost Mobile.

Boost Mobile’s AQUOS Crystal comes in white, costs $149.99 off-contract, and, starting today, it can be found in Boost retails stores, as well as at Best Buy. Also starting today, you can get the smartphone (in black) through Sprint Prepaid for the same price. If you want to buy the device on contract, Sprint will offer it to “well-qualified buyers” from October 17, for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $10.

The AQUOS Crystal is reminiscent of other Sharp handsets that are available only in Japan, and sports a 5-inch 720p IGZO display with almost no bezels on the top and sides. This allows it to be smaller than any other 5-inch smartphone in the US.

The new Sharp smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat, further featuring: LTE, an 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2040 mAh battery. As you can see, this is not a high-end device, but it seems to be an excellent option, considering its price. You can find out more about the smartphone by checking out our AQUOS Crystal hands-on.

Are you planning to buy the most compact 5-inch handset to ever grace American soil?


source: Sprint

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AQUOS Crystal
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2040 mAh(13h talk time)

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47 Comments

1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Strange looking device imo. The bottom being so different from the top really bugs me.

2. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

Ah cool. Sprint needs more phones. I wonder if we'll be getting the high end version of the Aquos.

31. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Sharp has a couple high-end Aquos handsets. The Mini (SHL24), the flagship Crystal (305SH?), and one other. All use the Edgest design, and the Mini has a 4.5" 1080p screen and top-binned 801.

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Thats a nice looking bezel

21. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What bezel? I can't see any! ;)

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

If it was only about design id be all over this , but one drop and your device goes aisudhawidou :) "Edge" is there for a reason, to protect display and inside hardware.

8. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

Do you mean if you were about design and not "it?"

10. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

How is this phone any less durable than others? Every smart phone in my house has a glass screen that goes right to the edge of the frame. So does this one. Only difference is the screen bezel that surrounds the visible screen. The bezel doesn't do anything to support the phone. lol

25. tizz06

Posts: 15; Member since: May 17, 2012

the one thing it is protecting is the actual screen under the glass if there is no bezel then the housing for the lcd is butting up against the frame of the phone so the lcd will be absorbing most of the impact of a fall if it hits the corners. meaning the lcd could start to bleed and u will have a black spot on ur screen what could spread over time. also how would u put a case on it if it has nothing to really wrap on to other then the bottom and the screen itself

38. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

wrong, lcd is thin and flexible it's more resilent than that, you don't know and you are wrong for assuming that thinner bezzel can deformed more than bigger bezzel phone its not just about the bezzel size. design enginering matter too.

39. Titania

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

Actually I've had the chance to mess with it in the Boost store. The employee was (you cana say) pretty excited about the phone, so much she dropped it. Hahaha she picked it up like nothing and carried on... not so much of a scratch on it.

46. HelenBackAgain

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 22, 2014

I have this phone. I've dropped it - on a ceramic tile floor, too - and it's fine. There's a tiny crack on the side (that's how I wound up here, Googling to find out if that can be repaired), but functionality is uncompromised. It's my favorite phone I've ever had. Sharp has won me over from Motorola. I bought it because I needed a no-contract phone and it was so inexpensive, as well as beautiful, but now I'm seriously considering ordering the higher-end version of this phone from Japan.

6. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

if you drop that one, you know the screen is cracked

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well I don't think this actually makes any difference. Many phones with big bezels still have the glass to start right at the edge.

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

That front facing camera position is so awkward, I get it why its there and not on the top but just looks weird..

14. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Agreed. Pic 6 shows the problem.

15. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Now, PA, I need a nice review about this phone so I can decide what to do, and please include information about GSM service. Thanks.

40. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

There is going to be no GSM service. It's a Sprint exclusive only, Due to their new owners SoftBank.

16. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

For some reason, I'm drawn to this phone! Also, why is it soooo hard to like Sharp? Regardless, if this phone falls in my lap, I'll definitely give it some love.

17. vihangel123

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

Just got this phone from best buy and is amazing the camera the display is amazing and for 149.99 the best phone for the money and u can place the phone anywhere in ur ear and u can hear since in don't have ear piece the sound come from the display freaking amazing people go out there and get this phone won't regret and charges so fast I can go on and on is that good

22. bradoggk

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 12, 2014

Getting some info on if this has any compatible HSPA bands for AT&T/T-Mobile users would be great and if it comes SIM unlocked... details are really slim online right now.

41. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

See my above comment :). There will be none. It's a Sprint exclusive.

47. HelenBackAgain

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 22, 2014

I bought mine from Boost and use Ting as my service provider.

24. geordie8t1 unregistered

is it just me or would this already good design phone be even better if there was Zero bottom bezel, like the top and move the name and camera back to the top, so basically this phone would be quite literally a screen, with just enough bezel to accommodate the name and camera?

27. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I agree it would have been better if the bezel was at the top.

28. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Looks cool. Check. Looks like there will be a ton of people breaking the screen due to no bezel to do what bezel is designed for. Double check that said looks to be an interesting phone, but knowing how many people drop and whatnot with normal phones, no bezel seems to be something that makes it too breakable, and if you add a cover you, it is going to overlap onto the screen sooo...

30. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Papa John already owns this phone and he hates it. lol

34. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Im going to buy this to replace my moto g. My big hands need a larger screen and my area has LTE now. Im going to really really miss my moto grip shell though...

35. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

So I feel like I already own this device with all the research I have been doing on it & waiting for it to come out!. Very strange almost like a teaser launch this thing has had. Best Buy has had it avail for a few days now on the Boost side as well as Amazon. Finally I can get my hands on it on the 17th. Be for warned though in what seemed like an FBI mission to figure out lol. The Wifi calling feature is disabled on all the prepaid versions of this device, Even on Sprint's own in house prepaid brand, Which is a shame. Strange they don't offer that across all channels like Tmobile does. When I called to ask also, They seem sometimes at the stores etc like they aren't even all that familiar with wifi calling! I can't be the only one using it. It's one of the reasons I came back to Sprint plus I get a discount etc. Their signal over cellular is still unusable inside my house. The wifi calling feature for the most part works flawlessly to solve that & I have been wanting to try this device! I hope it works as good as it looks. The trailer for it you can check on youtube as well really makes it look good..

37. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

WTF is boost mobile?

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