SoftBank's Summer line-up includes Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 and high-end Sharp Aquos Xx

SoftBank's Summer line-up includes Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 and high-end Sharp Aquos Xx
Japanese carrier SoftBank announced its Summer line-up. Among the devices listed are a pair of Sharp branded handsets that you might find interesting. The first is the sequel to the "bezel-less" Sharp Aquos Crystal. You might recall that the latter handset did make it to one of the major stateside carriers last year and was available from Sprint.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 will get a small bump in screen-size to 5.2-inches from the OG's 5-inch glass. Instead of the 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage found on last year's model, the Aquos Crystal 2 features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage. A 2.1MP front-facing camera replaces the 1.2MP snapper found on the original version. Other specs are apparently unknown at this time, including the chipset being used instead of last year's Snapdragon 400 SoC. Like the original, the Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 is waterproof and has a "bezel-less" display.

The Sharp Aquos Xx is the line's flagship model and will come with a 5.7-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. 3GB of RAM is inside with 32GB of native storage. Under the hood is the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC featuring an octa-core CPU with the Adreno 430 GPU. A 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on, and Android 5.0 is pre-installed. Japanese personal assistant Emopa is also installed on the device. The 13.1MP rear-facing camera allows you to record in super slow-motion. The model is also waterproof.

Unfortunately, we don't have any clue about pricing when it comes to these two models, or when they will be made available. We also don't know whether they will be headed to the U.S. later this year. Stay tuned.

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1. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Aquos Xx stays at FHD which can only be a good thing imo. I just hope that they also cap the max clock speed of the shipped SD810 to rein in the throttling beast when paired to a 3000mAh batt. The physical design though while beautiful probably have compromised one bit too many with the lack of top bezel when the side bezels are already magnificient moving forward. Side firing dual speakers looks feasible from here if it wasn't so thin. For a 5.7" device overall this is an archetypal Japanese achievement that Sharp fans should be very proud of.

2. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Slim bezel and waterproof? Just take my money

3. mickeygosselin

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

The original Sharp Aquos Crystal that made it to Sprint last year was not waterproof

4. waddup121 unregistered

Waterproof and Slim bezels... *_*

5. TypicalGeek

Posts: 219; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Why does Sharp still think us in state sides don't want one of those?

6. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

These phones should be available internationally, you know, for choices.

7. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

As long as your girlfriends keep buying phablets like the G3/G4 / 6 Plus / etc. we'll never see a decent-sized phone (like the Crystal X or the Z3 Compact) on this side of the Atlantic / Pacific in the hands of the major provider (aka, Verizon). Rein them in, boys, or start shopping for a murse 'cause dress pants are never coming with an extra pocket that size.

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