Sharp Aquos S2 is official with vertical dual camera and compact 'tri-bezel' design

Now, you have probably been wondering why are we following the leaks and rumors about one Sharp Aquos S2 that probably wouldn't come to the US, but upon seeing the all-screen renders and the tips it will feature an in-display finger scanner, it might have become palatable to wait on it. Well, Sharp just announced the phone today, as speculated, yet the truth turned out to be somewhere in the middle. 

There are indeed two versions, differing in processors (Snapdragon 630/660), RAM amount (4/6GB), and internal storage of 64/128GB. The third rumored variant, however, with 4K screen resolution, and in-display finger scanner, didn't materialize, at least not in today's announcement, although Sharp does have a 5.5" 4K IGZO panel with 806ppi to lean on, if something like this is ever to be released.

In both Sharp Aquos S2 versions there is a "tri-bezel" design, with side and top bezels shaved off to the minimum, but at the bottom there is a regular size bezel area, and a more orthodox elliptical finger scanner/home button there, albeit an impossibly thin one. When we say shrunk to a minimum, Sharp has done exactly that, as the top bezel only has a cutout for the front camera and barely anything else getting in the way of the listed 87.5% screen-to-body ratio. 

For comparison, the Galaxy S8, with its planed top and bottom bezels, and its curved display sides, maxes out at 84%, though something tells us that Sharp calculates the rounded edges as well. Since the phone measures 141.8 x 72.04 x 7.9 mm, and weighs 140 grams, it is actually lighter and more compact than the Galaxy S8, which also sports a 3D glass back with tapered sides.

The rest of the specs are no less impressive for the starting price of the Aquos S2 in China, where it will get launched at first. We get a 5.5" IGZO panel with 1080x2040 resolution -  that's 17:9 ratio, but if we discount the notification bar, it's probably standard 16:9, which may be considered another plus. There is also a vertical dual camera, like on those iPhone 8 renders, but with 12MP/8MP sensor combo, and a hearty 3020 mAh batery, which, given the frugal chipsets and IGZO display tech, could mean a pretty good battery life. 

The release date in China is August 14, and the asking $372 price is not bad at all for what the phone offers, but the 6GB/128GB version will cost you a good deal more - $520 - and probably hit $600+ if you try to import this thing. Still, given the design and the specs, the Aquos S2 is one of the more interesting phones announced this year, ready to take on the best of 2017, at least in its price range. Do you like the so-called tri-bezel design of Sharp?


source: Sharp (Weibo) via PhoneRadar

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28 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Looks like the Essential. Is it?

5. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

It's even uglier than the Essential with that shin.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

For me, I don't mind bezels. It's for added protection.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"Do you like the so-called tri-bezel design of Sharp?" I fall in love with the design when I saw the Mi Mix. I just ordered the Maze Alpha to experience tri-bezel for myself.

19. foreverNOOB

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Go and looking for old Aquos Crystal, Aquos Crystal X, Aquos Zeta Sh-01h, Aquos Xx 302sh, etc. They're all the original tri-bezeless design from Sharp (302sh announced in 2013). Also Mi Mix using display manufactured by Sharp. :)

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I already know Sharp awesome design just that they only support Japanese cellular tower and not gsm enabled. Too bad!!! Can drool but can't buy in the past.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

So much for topping the screen to body ratio of the iphone 8. This is meh..

18. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The essential phone is the most gorgeous phone on the planet at least, as at today.

2. fyah_king unregistered

How does it have a better screen to body ratio than the S8 with a big bottom chin?

8. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It's not better. Actual ratio is less than 79%. But total top and bottom bezel size is almost same with S8.

3. fyah_king unregistered

So, the iPhone 8 is copying this sharp phone.lol

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Actually its ok to mimics effective design. If we don't then we will end up with many things that don't conform to standard. Well fyah_king, I do hope iPhone 8 turns out to be everything you have hope for.

14. aegislash

Posts: 1479; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Do you guys, in all honesty, think that Apple copied the vertical camera setup from this phone, or is it just a piss poor attempt at trolling? Let's be real here. Apple probably doesn't even know this phone exists. Plus, we've seen the vertical camera setup on iPhone 8 leaks for the past...what, four-five months now?

23. TheOracle1

Posts: 2223; Member since: May 04, 2015

"Apple probably doesn't even know this phone exists." It's certain Apple know it exists since Sharp is owned by Foxconn and Foxconn make a large percentage of iPhones. Besides that, is the vertical camera setup supposed to be some sort of Apple first for a phone that's not even been released? The Aquos is already out so the setup came before the iPhone 8. I wouldn't be surprised if Sharp/Foxconn have delayed the in screen fingerprint scanner so Apple can take credit for it. I hope that's not the case though. But I bet it will come from Sharp when if it's released on the iPhone 8.

4. supracer

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

How are you suppose to protect this thing if it fell especially face first! Well let's hope it will have a good dev community

6. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

...and a huge lower bezel. So much hype for nothing !

9. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

STB is 79% same in G6 or Q6.

10. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I like a chin actually. I've been waiting for a new "EDGEST" like device from Sharp for too long. If it has an emotion light, grip sensors and ingress protection, there's not much out there that would deter me from this device.

16. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

AQUOS 502SH/SH-01H or the newer 506SH/SH-04H would suit you then! But judging from what you've said, you are probably an AQUOS owner yourself :) I am waiting for a new EDGEST device from SHARP as well, hopefully, one that is as attractive as 402SH.

20. foreverNOOB

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Hope that too, but so sad that will never happen. Me myself have previously owned so many EDGEST Sh-04f/01g/02g/04g/01H, Xx302/3/4Sh and Crystal 305/X 402Sh. But this thing just look like... Uhh no comment.

24. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Agree with you. Such a let down and I know they could do way better than this. Hopefully, we'll see some new brilliant models from JP telcos this winter.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Why do they make the icons look like the iPhone? can't they come up with their own icons? If I want an iPhone I'll buy a f**king iPhone. /smh

15. aegislash

Posts: 1479; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Exactly. Android is all about having the freedom to do whatever. There are endless possibilities for icon styles/shapes/etc. It's a shame that so many OEMs have near replicas of iOS icons.

21. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I don't know they already bothered with the design, hardware, assembly, marketing, etc why not bother making their own unique icons (or software)? It doesn't make sense to me.

22. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I like the design of this one. It looks really good in my opinion.

25. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Its a good looking phone but for me I like the bezel -less meaning both the sides, bottom and top bezels are as minimum as possible. Good job Sharp.

26. captainkirkw

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

If it works on all of the US AT&T bands, I might give it a shot.

27. linuxisme

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 09, 2017

"There is also a vertical dual camera, like on those iPhone 8 renders" well, Sharp did have a vertical dual camera with their 3D phone.. can't wait for the rumoured 105 limited edition to be true though..

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