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Sharp unveils pair of Aquos Crystal bezel-less smartphones

by Mark Tyson on 21 May 2015, 10:01

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Japanese technology firm Sharp has unveiled a pair of new Android smartphones. These devices offer some of the slightest bezels yet seen on a smartphone. For example, even though the Sharp Aquos Crystal Xx has a 5.7-inch screen it is a more compact device than LG's newG4 flagship with its 5.5-inch screen.

Sharp Aquos Crystal Xx

This is the flagship model of the pair of new devices. As mentioned above, it sports a 5.7-inch screen. The screen uses Sharp's own S-PureLCD display with a 1080p resolution providing 386ppi. Sharp has managed, thanks to the minimal bezel, to fit this large screen in a body measuring just 146 x 76 x 8.7mm. The device weighs 168g.

Further specs of the Sharp Aquos Crystal Xx are in line with its flagship status and include; 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with an Adreno 430 GPU, a 13MP main camera which is certified by Ricoh, a 2MP selfie snapper with CMOS sensor, connectivity includes Wi-Fi and 4G, the battery is a 3,000mAh unit.

Sharp Aquos Crystal 2

This is a new mid-range smartphone, the successor to the original Aquos Crystal from 2011. It is a striking looking smartphone which seems to have an even narrower bezel than the flagship but a more prominent 'chin', it is also substantially thicker.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 is built around a 720p 5.2-inch S-PureLED screen. Dimensions are 136 x 71 x 11mm and the device weighs 154g. It offers splash resistance and 'Grip Magic' touch sensitivity on the sides of the phone chassis.

Further specs include; 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor with Adreno 305 GPU, an 8MP CMOS sensor main camera and 2MP selfie snapper with CMOS sensor, connectivity includes the usual Wi-Fi and 4G, the battery is a 2,030mAh unit.

Both of the new smartphones ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed. Also you will notice that they both position the selfie camera in the lower front of the unit, previously referred to as the 'chin'. These smartphone are expected to ship in Japan in July, before rolling out to other countries.

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Bezel-less, I'm not sure it means what they think it means. But if they're talking about the bezel between display material and the casing then fair enough
>5 inch?

Personally I think “bezel-less” is a dead-end - you're always going to need some “dead space” around the screen to allow your fingers to get a good hold. I'm wondering though if the “mere” 1080p and that 3000mAh battery means that this'd get good battery life. Also wondering not about the bezellessness of the screen but (a) how it clear it is and (b) what the sun glare resistance is like. Getting a case for a phone with that little bezel is going to be “interesting”…

And yes, I'd definitely want a case - I'm clumsy and besides that Crystal Xx is no looker.

Crystal 2's side touch sensitivity sounds like a good marketing ploy, but again I'd be wary since I'd insist on using a case.

Anyone know what Sharp are like for doing OS upgrades, and what their UI's like?
Only available in Japan…
Being an old fogey, I find it highly amusing that when mobile phones started they were the size of brick but gradually got smaller and smaller until they stopped being mere phones and are rapidly increasing in size (but not depth thankfully) back up to being the size of brick.