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

39. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

wow, PhoneArena how about a review of the iP8 since you guys already knows what it looks like?. Sharp has Incorporated something that Samsung and Apple haven't had much luck at and all you could do is compare it to a phone that hasn't even been officially announced. But is Apple really paying you guys or something?

38. Marienx

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

iPhone 8? Stop the crap already PA. Where do you have an iPhone 8 that you are claiming it looks like that? Fack.. Sometimes you could be su much iPhone lovers it gets ridiculous and pisses ppl off.

37. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

OMG... iPhone-Arena's done it again. How about being a little much more professional and say this phone kinda reminds us of the Essential phone? iPhone 8 hasn't been shown in any official image yet! Gsmarena is really the best site. You're only an evil distant twin.

36. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

This phone is worth importing it to Europe. I think I will do just that.

34. Trex95

Posts: 2400; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

iPhone 8 lol.

31. jojon

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

...beautifully said Buffalo

30. dimas

Posts: 3466; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sharp, spread this product in whole asia. I've been waiting for a non-docomo sharp aquos outside japan for years.

29. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Sharp Aquos S2 full-screen, bezel-less phone by Aquos Aquos S2 is that it is truly a full-screen SHARP/InFocus Mobile. the Aquos S2 will also ship with a fingerprint scanner under the screen ..... traffic here ...break through the technology

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Holy sh!t. Sharp may have just Apple'd Apple.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; 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.

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: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

27. Skizzo

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

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

18. SailfishOS

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

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

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.

14. fyah_king unregistered

So, the iphone is a clone of this.

17. bucky

Posts: 3797; 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.

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; 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?

9. warrenellis93

Posts: 566; 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: 453; 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.

8. jacky899

Posts: 434; 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.

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: 17532; 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: 450; 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.

3. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Wow! Looking sharp. I like!

5. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I see what you did there!

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?

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