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.

Sharp AQUOS Crystal vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) for Windows

Display

Size

5.0 inches
5.1 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

LCD
Super AMOLED
 

Screen-to-body

78.42 %
69.76 %
66.71 %

Features

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

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 305
Adreno 330
Yes

RAM

1.5GB
2GB LPDDR3
2GB

Internal storage

8GB
32GB
32GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

2040 mAh
2800 mAh
2600 mAh

Talk time

13.00 hours
the average is 16 h (934 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 16 h (934 min)
 

Stand-by time

 
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

 
21.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1325 min)
22.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1325 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 26 days (617 h)

Music playback

 
67.00 hours
 

Video playback

 
13.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Dual camera

Main camera

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

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

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

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.264
 

Features

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

Front

1.2 MP
2.1 MP
5 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.16 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches (131 x 67 x 10 mm)
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)

Weight

4.97 oz (141 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)

Materials

 
Back: Plastic
Back: Metal

Resistance

 
Water, Dust; IP 67
 

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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