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


720 x 1280 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

294 ppi
432 ppi
441 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

78.42 %
69.76 %
66.71 %



Single camera
Single camera
Dual camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
16 megapixels
4 megapixels

Hardware Features

Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Phase detection autofocus
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


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 megapixels

Hardware Features

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


High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)


1.2 megapixels
2.1 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

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



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)


4.97 oz (141 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


Back: Plastic
Back: Metal


Water, Dust; IP 67


Fingerprint (swipe)


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

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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


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


Adreno 305
Adreno 330


1.5 GB
2 GB


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



2040 mAh
2800 mAh
2600 mAh

Talk time

13.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)

Stand-by time

16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
22.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Music playback

67.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours

Related phones

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)



1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

720p not enough , sd400 wut ? , 1.5 gb ram are u kidding ? , 8gb lol , 2040 mah pfff , 8 mp meh

4. Sealblaighter

Posts: 429; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This is a mid-end smart phone, what did you thought???

18. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

I know sharp is better than this. They should consider bringing their A-game if they plan on making us wait 20 years for another AQUOS phone to hit the US market

6. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Still better than the iPhone

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Everything except the SOC is.

10. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

iphone ? your hate throws you out of topic

13. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

It looks better for sure.

16. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's only $240 off contract. Better than every other mid range phone, except maybe the Moto G. You trade $60 for an extra half GB of RAM.

2. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Specs/Display ain't that crystal compared to the other two. Sprint, no thanks.

3. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

fix the specs, then its great

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

What it's actually a midranger? Suddenly lost all my hype. :( Still, Sharp makes some amazing phones even with high end specs :D

7. blitz9595

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

this comparison isn't fair....u should have compared crystal x with other high end fones

9. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This needs to be compared to Moto X, Moto G, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia M2, Galaxy S5 Mini, Galaxy Alpha, HTC One Mini 2

11. RodStiffington

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

I’m fascinated by the level of condemnation from you people, just because a phone looks different than what you’re used to seeing. The Sharp AQUOS Crystal has style, build quality, it’s unique, but you keep S-ing on it. This is why we can’t have anything nice! IT’S GOT A 5" EDGE TO EDGE LCD DISPLAY FOR $240!!!! A savings of $350 over the S5 and M8, and $200 over the S5 Mini. It could have a hamster on a wheel as the SoC and it would still be cool. I hear the same complaint, over and over: "there's too much bezel, WTF this phone sux!" This phone is like: "F the bezel in the A." And y'all like: "No thx, tha specs sux. I'll pay $649 for tha ugly POS Red Cross Band-Aid Edition of the S5." You deserve to have your booty pillaged by expensive wireless carries.

12. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Design = A+ Internals = C Price = A Put a 1080 p in it, a SD800 and charge $350 and I'd be happy to pick it up.

15. Carlosfrancoz

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Sharp Aquos Crystal X, this is the Crystal (a midranger), Crystal X is the high-end which has A+ internals (including 1080p display)

14. Carlosfrancoz

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

PA, I think if you're going to compare these two phones at least do it with the Crystal X (which is high-end device) because Crystal is a mid range device!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to correct this article

17. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

PA, I love ya and all you do, but this comparison should be with mid ranged devices. Mot flagships.

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