While LG is proud of G3’s design with the least possible edges, the Japanese engineers have produced the Sharp’s branded smartphone with almost no bezels around. We are talking about Sharp Aquos Crystal and the good news is that this beautiful mid-range device will be carried by the Sprint in the U.S. and you can have it without contract for as low as $239. Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile is also offering the Aquos Crystal for $149.99.
Sharp Aquos Crystal General Specifications:
- 5-inch S-CG silicon LCD Display, 1280x720 resolutions
- 67mm width
- 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via mircoSD card)
- 8MP / 1.2MP Main and Front Cameras
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 2040mAh battery
The most surprising and exciting feature of the Aquos Crystal is indeed its frameless structure which has made the device so comfortable in hands and of course so much beautiful. Since this slim bezel thing brings both comfort and beauty, the edge-to-edge design seems to be the future of smartphones and Sharp should be named as the pioneer.
Aside from the gorgeous design, there is not much to say about the other hardware features of the Aquos Crystal, but on the software side Sprint has already revealed some tricks up its sleeves. Sprint App Pass is available for Aquos Crystal and you can get access to plenty of paid apps for a $4.99 monthly subscription. To read more about Sprint App Pass , which is an exclusive service for Sprint users in the United States, click here.
The new handset also comes with the HD Voice features, as well as some audio enchantments thanks to the Harmon Kardon’s LiveStage.
There is still no word when the Aquos Crystal will be available in the states through Sprint, and the carrier has only specified “Near Future” as the shipping date.
It is also worth to mention that the Japanese OEM is also busy producing a high-end smartphone with bezel-less frame, called Aquos Crystal X, later this year in Japan which features a Full HD 5.5-inch display powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801.
What do you think about Sharp’s new lineup of edge-to-edge smartphones? Are you going to trust Sharp as a mobile manufacturer to compete with Apple and Samsung?