Sharp Aquos S2 is an impressive full-screen flagship with a finger scanner under the screen


It looks like an iPhone 8, but it's not one. And it's all yellow.

That's the best way to describe the upcoming full-screen, bezel-less phone by Aquos. We saw the Sharp Aquos S2 leak out just several days ago, and now it's official: the impressive new phone will be officially launched on August 8th at an event in Beijing.

Sharp usually sells its phones in Japan, so this will be its first such launch in China and a big one at that. The interesting thing about the Aquos S2 is that it is truly a full-screen, immersive experience, with small cutouts fitting exactly the spots for the front camera and earpiece. Nothing else interrupts the screen.

And yes: the Aquos S2 will also ship with a fingerprint scanner under the screen, a feature that was rumored to come in the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8, but that is likely still hard to achieve at scale and good quality by Apple and Samsung. Sharp will get there first.

"The core of full screen design is to break through the technology limit, achieve the double sense of holding and visual comfort, and provide the ultimate experience for users," said Dr. Luo Zhongsheng, CEO of SHARP/InFocus Mobile.

The phone that will be officially unveiled on August 8th is expected to be a limited edition series rumored to come with a 4K display, and a few other superpowers.

Unfortunately, do not expect to see this phone sold officially in the U.S. or Europe. It will likely remain an Asia exclusive.


source: PR NewsWire

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39 Comments

1. dnomadic

Posts: 415; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I'll be first... In what way does this look like an unreleased IPhone 8??? Essential phone yes... IPhone no, Evolution of the Aquos, YES, IPhone 1-8... NOT AT ALL

10. mdedenroth

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 10, 2016

That was the first thing I thought of when reading that intro. Really PA? Please raise the quality!

19. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I do not understand how a phone can look like another phone that is not released yet..... so by that statement every phone looks like a future unreleased iphone, so basically everyone copies potential future iphones... WTF PA

20. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

The author wrote: " bezel-less phone by Aquos". This would be akin to "bezel-less phone by Galaxy". Now, does it makes as much sense? It should be phrased as "by Sharp, and not Aquos". Aquos is the line of electronic by Sharp.

32. Darckent

Posts: 91; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

Wtf.. How the hell does it look like an unreleased phone that hasn't been confirmed if the sharp is announced and releasing first? Anyone from here on in tries to say this site isn't bias towards apple needs their head checked You just know iphonearena are gutted due to this phone releasing the under screen finger print scanner first..look at how little fanfare they just gave sharp about this fact... Now watch the comparison if the iPhone 8 gets it... I don't wanna be reading iPhone did it first iPhone arena your already the most dishonest site out there when it comes to phone news... The biasness is on a different level I'm still in shock at how this announced phone looks like an unconfirmed iPhone 8...this site really have reached new lows of journalism

11. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Exactly Iphonearena is as sly as it gets.....

13. Reus280

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Most likely took inspiration from the iPhone's left corner vertical camera though. Previous Sharp phones had the camera in the middle. Not saying they copied, but I'm sure the designers at least had it in mind.

15. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

As if the development cycle is so short that those not so old leaks would influence Sharp's design...

25. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

PA, like any site, has inflammatory statements like that purposely put in to spark "outrage" and comments, thus resulting in more page hits...it's really that simple. There is no other reason to make such a statement, but they know their audience, and they play the game.

2. adi9764

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

My htc u11 is better

21. BuffaloSouce unregistered

So you've already used the unreleased Aquos S2?

3. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Wow! Looking sharp. I like!

5. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I see what you did there!

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

To bad their phones don't look all that cool. The front looks "sharp", no pun intended. Aquos was the first phone to have an IPS display. Very nice wallpaper though. Racing yellow is cool too. Still want to know what is the benefit of the vertical camera or is it just for aesthetics?!

6. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Since people shoot both landscape and portrait, what difference does it make how the cameras are oriented?

7. dnomadic

Posts: 415; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I've been thinking the same thing, I thought I was the only one. I do believe that the vast majority shoot landscape (at least they should for video...Freaking portrait video shooters messing up World Star Fights). Seems like this camera set up would be best ergonomically.

8. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

Wow out of nowhere! This kicks both the Galaxy Note 8 and Iphone 8's ass! Too bad they don't sell this in the US.

9. warrenellis93

Posts: 544; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

so can we say the unreleased iphone looks like the essential phone or does it always go back to apple

26. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

All of us already know that it was Sharp themselves that started this whole trend of slim bezels, and all of us know that the tech world views every new development through an Apple filtered lens, so everything is going to be measured up against the "new iPhone." Sadly, we just gotta learn not to view it as anything but pandering to the masses.

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Can't understand why the writer says this looks like the rumored iPhone8? In no way is this even similar. This phone has , Excuse the Pun, Sharp edges as oppose to the rounded edged of the expected iPhone 8. This phone has one cut out for the front facing camera as oppose to the large cut out on the iPhone 8 for its sensors and cameras. No, this phone more resemble ( because of the color and shape, a Nokia Lumina device. in any case looks sharp -lol I wonder how well the under display FPS will work and if there will be any display bleed around that area?

14. fyah_king unregistered

So, the iphone is a clone of this.

17. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Yes, the iPhone is definitely aiming at sharp. I don't think they look anything like each other to be honest.

16. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Victor STOP SMOKING WHATEVER YOU SMOKE. "It looks like an iPhone 8" Why you have to bring an Iphone why? Why not Essential phone that was already announced.

18. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Iphone 8? II'm kissing my teeth ... And btw Sharp Aquos have always had bezel-less displays before everybody

22. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You can't help but to be impressed when a company releases a silent gem like this and are able to do something larger companies are struggling to do. It just sucks they won't get the recognition.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Let's wait and see if it works without issues.

27. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

It really looks great! I'm excited to hear the reviews.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2260; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'm going to ignore the brainless comparison to an unreleased iPhone and point out something else. Foxconn own Sharp now and we all know they make a large amount of iPhone's for Apple. Any bets the new iPhone 8 will have Sharp's fingerprint scanner? Of course the iSheep (just like the author of this article) will claim the iPhone's is better even though no one will have seen or used the Aquos.

33. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

And if iPhone 8 didnt have on-screen FPscanner.. Writer will blame Sharp's production capacity, or saying that this FPscanner isn't good enough for iPhone, lol...

35. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Funny and most likely true :) PA will bend time and space to suit the agenda. Something like " Tomato did it" as the headline or the first sentence of the article. At this time PA is very predictable.

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