Sharp Aquos Crystal vs Galaxy S5 vs One (M8): specs comparison

Sharp Aquos Crystal vs Galaxy S5 vs One (M8): specs comparison
Many of us, tech-savvy individuals, have wanted to see some of Sharp's striking, almost bezel-less smartphones finally arrive in the US, but those "headless" phones had, until now, been exclusively available in Japan. Well, you remember that Japanese carrier Softbank recently bought the majority of Sprint, right? We suspect this may have something to do with today's announcement - Sprint has officially become the first US carrier to offer a Sharp Aquos phone, and boy is that new Aquos Crystal a looker! With almost zero bezel around the left, right, and top sides, this phone manages to pack a sizable 5" screen into a relatively compact body size. Sweet, eh? However, we should point out that this is a mid-range offering that doesn't quite aim to compete with the big guys on the market. Still, where there's smoke there's fire, so we can imagine that if this new fella gets a warm welcome from US customers, more Sharp phones will follow it through this newly-established warp gate connecting Japan and the US.

This post just got a little too geeky? Agreed. Now, let's turn our attention back to the Sharp Aquos Crystal and our specs comparison. As we said, the Crystal is more of a mid-range affair, but we're still going to pit it against some of the most popular Androids out there, just to get an idea of how it stacks up against those popular models.

Display

Size

5.1 inches
5.0 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
 
LCD

Screen-to-body

69.76 %
66.71 %
78.42 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8926

Processor

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm
Quad-core, 2300 MHz
Quad-core, 1200 MHz

GPU

Adreno 330
Yes
Adreno 305

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
2GB
1.5GB

Internal storage

32GB
32GB
8GB

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Windows Phone, 8.1
Android (4.4.2)

Battery

Capacity

2800 mAh
2600 mAh
2040 mAh

Talk time

21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (927 min)
 
13.00 hours
the average is 15 h (927 min)

Stand-by time

16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
22.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 

Stand-by time (3G)

 
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Music playback

67.00 hours
 
 

Video playback

13.00 hours
 
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 MP (BSI sensor, PDAF)
4 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 2 μm
 

Second camera

 
4 MP (Depth information)
 

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
 
 

Features

HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR
 

Front

2.1 MP
5 MP
1.2 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm)
5.16 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches (131 x 67 x 10 mm)

Weight

5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)
5.64 oz (160.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)
4.97 oz (141.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
Back: Metal
 

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP67
 
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (swipe)
 
 

Features

Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light
Notification light
 


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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

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