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Engadget Daily: AQUOS Crystal review, the August smart lock and more!


What’s that? A brand-new phone from Sharp? Yep, it’s called the AQUOS Crystal and it looks good. That’s not all we have on deck though — read on for our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including the August smart lock, Google’s ongoing licensing battle with Oracle, and more. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours.

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14
Oct
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Sharp AQUOS Crystal review: mid-range brains meet striking looks


Pop quiz, hotshot: When’s the last time you saw a Sharp phone in the United States? The Sharp FX from years back? Maybe the FX Plus? If you’re anything like me, your mind will hearken back to chunky clamshell classics like this one. Long story short, it’s been ages since Sharp has had any kind of mobile presence around these parts. That’s something the Japanese company is finally ready to change, and it’s aiming to do it with a splash. Enter the AQUOS Crystal, one of the most striking phones you’ll ever see. It’s finally available for $149 on Boost Mobile now and Sprint will get it come October 17th, but we have questions — so many questions. Has Sharp figured out a way to crack the all-too-fickle US market? Are we looking at a classic case of style over substance?

Hardware

Let’s just get it out of the way now: The AQUOS Crystal looks fantastic. It’s the only phone I’ve ever tested that prompted random bystanders to either gawk or give it a double take as they walked by. One look is enough to reveal why: Those people were ogling the 5-inch 720p screen sitting up front… and more specifically, the lack of just about anything surrounding it. Squint hard enough and you’ll see just the faintest hint of a bezel running around the screen, so small that it may as well not be there. The effect is utterly striking — it feels like you’re holding some sort of J.J. Abramsian Star Trek floating-screen prop in your hand instead of a smartphone you can buy from a store right now.

It isn’t long before you notice why the Crystal earned its name, either. The glass covering the screen is angled at the edges to look like some sort of precious stone, an effect that’s usually more obnoxious than neat since it creates a pair of distracting rainbow lines where the material angles sharply. That gemstone motif informs the rest of the phone’s design, too: It’s mostly hard angles and flat edges, making the gently curving back the only real concession to comfort you’ll find. Still, since there’s hardly any cruft taking up space around the screen, the Crystal feels surprisingly small when you’re holding onto it — in fact, the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 feel downright unwieldy in comparison.

Since a full seven-eighths of the phone’s face is nothing but screen, Sharp had to get creative when it came time to load it up with the usual accoutrements. Take the Crystal’s earpiece, for instance: There isn’t one. Well, not a traditional one, anyway. Rather than try and squeeze one in above the display (and ruin that lovely floating effect), Sharp included what it calls a Direct Wave Receiver that essentially turns the entire front glass panel into an earpiece. It’s hardly a new concept — Kyocera’s been playing with the idea of speaker-less phones for a few years now and Google Glass has a bone-conducting transmitter — but Sharp’s solution sounds better than you might think. Meanwhile, the 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera is actually located in a silver expanse along the bottom edge of the phone’s face, which some of you will know is definitely not prime placement for selfies.

The rest of the Crystal is decidedly sparse: The 8-megapixel camera and LED flash sit high on the phone’s rear, amid a sea of dimpled, white plastic that forms the removable battery cover. Underneath that lies the (sadly) non-removable 2,040mAh battery, with nano-SIM and microSD card slots nestled right above it. Turns out that latter addition is pretty crucial, since it will let you add up to 128GB of storage to a device that only comes with 8GB of space (only about four of which you can use right out of the gate). When it comes to the brains of the operation, don’t let the premium looks fool you: We’re working with a pretty modest spec list here. There’s a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 thrumming away inside that plastic frame, paired with 1.5GB of RAM and a CDMA/LTE radio — nothing terribly new, nor astonishingly snappy, but not a bad choice considering the Crystal’s cheapo price tag.

Display and sound

It’d be pretty stupid of Sharp to use a subpar screen when it removed nearly everything that could possibly distract you from it. Thankfully, it’s got the chops to make some impressive displays, and the 5-inch LCD panel it crammed into the Crystal doesn’t disappoint. First, the elephant in the room: Yes, the screen only runs at 720p, and no, that’s not a bad thing. It’s plenty bright when you need it to be and colors are well-saturated, though whites aren’t as crisp and blacks aren’t as sumptuous as they are on more premium devices. Still, pictures and videos pop when there’s no border restraining them — even poking through your email feels just a little wondrous.

Alas, that screen ain’t perfect. My biggest niggle comes to the fore when you look at the Crystal’s screen from an angle. This isn’t an issue with viewing angles; your face could be perpendicular to the display and you’d still be able to make out what was going on without much trouble. No, there’s actually some prominent light leakage going on at the edges of the panel. It’s not so noticeable on the longer left and right edges, but there’s enough light bleeding through along the screen’s top side that my eyes couldn’t avoid gravitating there when I was indoors (the power of the sun usually overpowers it). Distraction? You bet. Dealbreaker? Probably not. I’m not sure how widespread this issue is, or if it’s even avoidable given how the screen is laid out. Still, it’s a mild annoyance at worst and it’s even more tolerable considering how much the phone’ll set you back.

Sadly, the audio side doesn’t quite live up to the (pretty high) bar the screen has set. Sharp (and Sprint, I’m sure) have tried to augment the Crystal’s musical chops with Harman Kardon’s Clari-Fi and LiveStage audio-enhancing tech. I’ve taken both features for a spin in the past, and there wasn’t much new to report back here. Clari-Fi once again does a fine job of livening up your audio tracks by sharpening mids and highs and enhancing vocals, but that all really comes down to the song you’re listening to — some will sound vastly improved; others will hardly change, and you probably won’t notice any of those software-enhanced nuances the minute you get on the subway.

And what of LiveStage? I still can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would bother to turn this on. In a perfect world, the feature would add reverb just so and tweak tracks to make them sound as though they’re being performed in front of you. Instead, it adds a bit of aural distance between the layers of a song and almost always makes them sound worse. Maybe my ears, battered as they are thanks to years of loud Japanese rock, just don’t get it. I’d wager yours won’t either, but hey — it’s not a dealbreaker. And, of course, none of those features even work without headphones plugged in, which is sort of a shame considering the single rear speaker is purely average when it comes to pumping out the jams. The speaker’s wimpy muddiness is pretty much par for the course for a budget smartphone, which, while unavoidable, is still a bummer.

Software

I (like many of you, I suspect) am an Android purist. Shocker, right? Thankfully, Sharp hardly futzed with Google’s OS before throwing it on the Crystal: It runs a pretty clean build of Android 4.4.2… that just happens to be festooned with all the extraneous Sprint apps you could think of. Upon first boot, I was greeted by a preloaded AccuWeather widget on the home screen, a Sprint featured-apps widget on another and no fewer than 20 additional apps and bolt-on services that the carrier decided I needed to have. Fortunately, most of those bright yellow Sprint icons are merely pointers to listings in the Google Play store, which means they’re easy to dismiss with extreme prejudice.

Not all of them are useless cruft, though: MobiSystems’ Office Suite 7 contains solid document and spreadsheet apps, and NBA Game Time and NASCAR Mobile are easily accessible if you’re into ballers and racers, respectively. There’s also a pretty impressive Siri/Cortana analog in the form of Speaktoit’s Assistant app (yeah, its branding could use a little work) that’ll read you the day’s top headlines, translate languages and let you check in on Foursquare in addition to the de facto slew of virtual assistant tasks. What few bits Sharp did add are centered on the screen; so-called Frameless effect settings allow you to enable visual notifications that surge across the display. Meanwhile, an additional screen lock will kick in once you initiate or pick up a call just to make sure your cheek doesn’t accidentally hang up on your friends for you. Hardly the fanciest things you’ll ever see, but surprisingly useful all the same.

Camera

Every phone maker is guilty of cutting corners with cameras at least once (especially with mid-range phones for the masses), and Sharp is no different. The main imaging attraction is an 8-megapixel rear camera that mostly churns out soft, grainy, under-saturated shots, even when there’s a seemingly sufficient amount of light bathing your subjects. Take it into the great outdoors on a bright day, though, and things start to improve a bit — you’ll be able to pick out just a little more detail in your photos, but the end results are still rarely worth getting worked up over.

If anything, I’m fonder of the equally lacking 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera because it’s quirky and isn’t where it should be. As mentioned before, it sits at the bottom of the Crystal’s face — in order to take a selfie that isn’t 90 percent neck and chin(s), you’ve got to turn the Crystal upside-down. Honestly, it sounds like much more of a hassle than it actually is (though the repeated visual reminders of everything going on south of my face are a little disturbing). Anyway, it’s good enough for a Skype video call or a group Hangout; just don’t expect to snap any masterpieces with it. As usual, both cameras will record video (with resolutions maxing out at 1080p and 720p for the main and secondary shooters, respectively). Surprise, surprise: Video doesn’t come out so hot either, as it’s laden with grain and the lens takes a bit longer to switch focus than I’d like to see.

It’s actually kind of a shame the two sensors are so lackluster, because the camera UI packs in a few neat tricks to help you snap better photos. All the usual settings like HDR mode, geotagging controls, ISO and white balance are present and accounted for, but a framing guide displays patterns on the Crystal’s screen so you can better line up your photos. Oh, and if you’re a nerd who often takes pictures of computer screens (not that we’d know anything about that), a Flicker Control setting counteracts the annoying refresh rate that manifests as those dark bars that run down displays. You can dismiss those settings with a single touch, while another snaps a fresh new photo, though there were a few (very rare) occasions when I had to tap the screen multiple times to make the Crystal understand I wanted to take a photo.

Performance and battery Life

The screen will garner most of the attention, but let’s not forget about how this thing runs. As I pointed out earlier, the AQUOS Crystal uses one of Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400s (more specifically, the MSM8926). It’s nothing if not a known quantity by now; it was first revealed over a year ago and has powered devices like Motorola’s LTE-friendly version of the Moto G and LG’s G2 mini LTE. Consider that a roundabout way of saying it’s not too hard to guess how smoothly the Crystal operates: It’s plenty snappy, but easy to stymie if you’re willing to try. Rapidly scrolling through long web pages in Chrome was mostly a graceful affair, as was jumping in, out and between apps.

The Crystal isn’t immune to slowdown, though — it took three seconds to launch the camera and a jam-packed notification shade would occasionally stutter when I dismissed it — but there’s enough horsepower tucked away in there to make sure it won’t leave you hanging while you’re trying to get things done. Oh, you’re a fan of numbers? The benchmark breakdown reveals, well, nothing terribly surprising. The AQUOS Crystal and Motorola’s second-generation Moto G are pretty much dead even by all counts, while HTC’s Desire 816 (also available contract-free on Virgin Mobile) pulls ahead thanks to its slightly speedier version of the Snapdragon 400 chip.

Sharp AQUOS Crystal Moto G (2014) HTC Desire 816
Quadrant 2.0 8,553 8,846 13,172
Vellamo 3.0 1,621 1,669 2,421
3DMark IS Unlimited 4,657 4,679 4,830
SunSpider 1.0.2 (ms) 1,569 1,534 1,137
GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen (fps) 1.7 N/A 1.7
CF-Bench 14,496 14,470 19,593
SunSpider: Lower scores are better; results compiled on Chrome.

Now, regarding that 2,040mAh battery. In the standard Engadget rundown test (with the phone connected to WiFi and looping a 720p video while fetching social updates at 50 percent screen brightness), the AQUOS Crystal stuck around for a full eight hours and 46 minutes before it needed to suckle on a power outlet once more. Curiously, that’s just over an hour more than what the 2014 Moto G eked out of its battery (which is actually just a touch more capacious) when we ran it through the wringer earlier this month. Real-world testing saw some similarly strong results — my days of tweeting, taking calls, watching Sutton Foster videos on YouTube, triaging emails and playing games on the toilet were never enough to kill the Crystal before work hours were over. On average, it took just north of 15 hours to discharge the thing completely, which means enough juice for your routine and then some.

Here’s another question to ponder: How well does this thing actually work as a phone? It lacks a traditional earpiece! How crazy! In fact, the whole telephonic shebang works reasonably well — while call quality is best when you hold your ear to the top of the phone, you can actually stick it anywhere on the screen and converse the way you always do. Why anyone would choose to plop those ears smack-dab in the center of the screen to listen is beyond me, but hey: At least you’ve got the option. Alas, it’s never quite as loud as a standard speaker, and people I called weren’t terribly enthused with the somewhat quiet output they got as I spoke into the microphone.

The competition

Here’s the thing to remember about the AQUOS Crystal: It’s only going to be an option for you if you’re OK inking a deal with Sprint (or shacking up with sub-brands like Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile). Everyone else can just move along right now… unless you live in Japan, in which case I’d recommend you live a little and splurge on the Crystal’s more powerful big brother. After all, the Crystal X pairs a bigger 5.5-inch frameless display with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 for added oomph. That snappy combination of style and power is a distinct step up from the version we have here in the States, and I’m frankly a little bummed that’s not the model I’m reviewing today.

Anyway, let’s break the rest down by carrier. On Sprint, the Crystal costs $240 upfront to own it free and clear, which you could also split into monthly payments that get tacked onto your bill. You could feasibly consider the LG G3 Vigor (with monthly payments of $13 over 24 months), though we’re looking at a dead heat between spec sheets and I’d give the Crystal the nod if only because of style. And don’t forget the original HTC One. It’s a bit long in the tooth, but it’s got a lovely 1080p display and enough horsepower to run a circle or two around the Crystal.

If you’re jonesing for some non-contract action on Virgin Mobile (where the Crystal only costs $150), you’ll have to decide whether you’d rather spend the extra cash on a HTC Desire 816. It’s bigger, and it packs a better camera and speakers, and a Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.6GHz. The downside? It costs twice as much as the Crystal. Did your wallet just groan as you read that? You could also consider the HTC Desire (actually a rebranded Desire 601), but you probably shouldn’t — you’d spend $30 more for a lousier camera and a lower-resolution screen. The Crystal costs the same $150 on Boost Mobile, where there are plenty of (less stylish) choices.

There’s yet another HTC Desire in the form of the 510 that only costs $100, and while it doesn’t quite stack up to the Crystal, it’s cheap and it comes close. Oh, and in the event you’re not exactly married to Sprint’s ilk and want a similarly spec’d phone without spending a ton of money, consider the original Moto G with LTE. Sure, it doesn’t have the big screen or improved camera that its sequel does, but $219 will score you a device with the same brains as the Crystal and the LTE support none of the next-gen Moto phones have yet.

Wrap-up

Sharp and Sprint deserve some major kudos — not only did they bring a truly interesting smartphone to our shores, but also they’re pricing it to move and trying to get it into as many hands as possible. I can’t help but wish Sprint imported the Crystal’s more powerful brother instead, but hey: We have an actual bezel-less screen, and a set of guts that (for the most part) doesn’t let it down. In the end, though, here’s what it boils down to: If you’re absolutely, positively enamored with Sprint, and don’t feel the need to pay gobs of money for top-tier power, the AQUOS Crystal is definitely worth your attention. If you’re all about the non-contract lifestyle on Virgin or Boost, though, the Crystal is a steal at $150. Thanks to the dark magic of carrier-exclusivity deals, no one else need apply.

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12
Oct
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Sharp’s all-screen AQUOS Crystal arrives at Sprint


We knew the Sharp AQUOS Crystal was coming, but we weren’t exactly sure when. That’s all changed thanks to news from Sprint. The handset, packing a nigh edge-to-edge display, has just reached Sprint Prepaid and Boost Mobile (either at Best Buy or a Boost Mobile retail store) for $150. If you’d rather run Sharp’s latest attempt at breaking into the US smartphone market on traditional service using a $10 per month payment plan, you’ll have to wait an additional week until October 17th. There’s yet another option, although it sadly won’t put the phone in your hands any sooner. Quite the opposite, actually. Should you rather buy on the Sprint Prepaid from Radio Shack — it’d surely love the business — you’ll have to wait all the way until October 21st to drop your cash. Need help deciding if it’s for you? Check out our hands-on video after the break.

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10
Oct
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Sharp AQUOS Crystal, the edge-to-edge oddity, now available at Boost coming soon to Sprint



Two months ago Sprint announced that they would be the official launch partner for a new comer device from Sharp. The Sharp AQUOS Crystal as it is aptly named is rather interestingly design Android powered phone with a very unique edge-to-edge screen that dominates the upper section of the phone.

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

The AQUOS Crystal offers up an edge-to-edge 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. It packs a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and a micro SD slot with support for a 128GB card. The device offers a 2040 mAh battery that is rated for 13 hours of talk time. As for photos, you get a 8MP rear camera with flash and a fairly standard 1.2MP front facing camera. (Yes, it is down at the bottom.) It also launches with Android 4.4.

Sharps big push is the AQUOS Crystal design. However, in their promo video for the device, they spend a great deal of time talking about the camera software and the audio. In the audio department the AQUOS Crystal boasts Harman/Kardon LiveStage technology mixed with CLARI-FI. The CLARI-FI technology is said to restore all types of compressed digital music back to their original sound quality. Another sound achievement, or difference compared to other devices in the market, is how you hear your calls. There is no earpiece speaker. Rather it uses the entire screen panel as a speaker. They call it a direct wave receiver.


On the camera side of things Sharp has put some pretty cool features inside. You get the usual smile detection , panorama shot and sequential shot options, but you also get framing advisor and night catch. Framing advisor helps new, and seasoned, photographers use various grid overlays to set up image composition.

Sharp AQUOS Crystal

Kind of cool really. Night catch will brighten backgrounds and the subjects to help you take better shots in low light situations.

Overall the Sharp AQUOS Crystal packs quite a few things that make it a stand out device. Possibly the most impress thing is that the device is listed for $149.99 with Boost Mobile and is available today. The press release lists that it is also available for the same $149.99 price tag for Sprint Pre-Paid, but I am not seeing on the pre-paid site just yet. However, it is live at Best Buy and will be at Radio Shack on October 21st. It will be making its way to Sprint on October 17th for $0 down and monthly payments of $10. The suggested retail price is $239.99.

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4
Oct
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The Disney Mobile SH-02G: the Sharp Aquos just got a Disney makeover



Disney Mobile SH-02GI love Disney, but when it comes to smartphones, I probably wouldn’t make it an open statement that I do. Still, if that’s your thing, then maybe the Disney Mobile SH-02G is your kind of thing. If the device looks a bit familiar, that’s because it was forged in a partnership between Sharp and Japanese telco, NTT DoCoMo – Sharp’s most recent device was the almost-bezel-less Sharp Aquos, and while the Disney Mobile SH-02G isn’t quite on the same level as the Aquos, Disney decals aside, it is still an objectively good looking phone with very obvious design cues from the Aquos.

Disney Mobile SH-02GThe device will launch with a 5.5-inch display, 2.3GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. Along with those very fair hardware specifications, the Disney Mobile SH-02G will also get the benefit of Disney theming – the one pictured at the top of this article is the 2014 Winter model, featuring Frozen, of course. The device is also said to have Disney apps already installed and some kind of LED illumination insert, though a version of Android has not been specified. As with most devices launched in Japan, however, it’s not likely to become available globally, but maybe it will if it becomes particularly popular over there.


What do you think of the Disney Mobile SH-02G? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: k-tai.impress.co.jp via Phones Review


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21
Aug
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Engadget Daily: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, transparent solar panels and more!


Today, we take the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook for a spin, round up a few of our favorite phones, learn about transparent solar panels, and more! Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours.

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20
Aug
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Sharp’s AQUOS Crystal is all screen


It’s sure been a long time since Sharp shipped a smartphone to American consumers. And, let’s be honest with ourselves, the FX Plus wasn’t exactly taking the market by storm. The Sidekick-esque slider was dated even by 2011 standards. But the company is hoping its AQUOS Crystal will have better fortunes. The (almost) bezel-less device offers high-end looks with decidedly mid-range internals. The 1.2GHz chip inside isn’t going to set land-speed records, but it should be enough for most folks. The most important feature, though, is the edge-to-edge 5-inch display. While Sharp’s description of it as a “groundbreaking” device might be a little over the top, we must admit it’s quite a stunning panel — especially for being five inches and only 720p.

While we’ve seen plenty of devices before that claim to be free of bezel, the AQUOS Crystal comes the closest to actually fulfilling that claim. There’s only the tiniest sliver of silver around the edges. In fact, it felt much smaller in the hand than many 4.7-inch phones. Even my tiny hands were easily able to reach across the display (a feat that’s a bit of a stretch on my aging Galaxy Nexus). Sharp’s expertise in building LCDs is obvious when you look at the phone. The screen is bright; the blacks are deep; colors are vibrant; and the viewing angles are solid (though just short of what we’d call impressive). Really the only complaint is that the high-gloss coating produced a ton of reflection and glare in even moderately lit environments.

Fans of the OG Nexus 7 will love the dimpled plastic back. It’s not a soft-touch plastic, but the little indents look nice and offer a good amount of grip. You’ll appreciate every little bit of traction since this thing is so light you could forget you’re holding it. Thankfully, even though it’s primarily plastic and weighs about as much as a small bundle of feathers, it still manages to avoid feeling cheap. We wouldn’t quite call it “premium,” but it certainly doesn’t feel like Sharp cut too many corners on the construction. And that’s important since this is the company’s big reintroduction to American smartphone consumers.

Sharp and Sprint also go easy on the customization, which is nice. There’s minimal bloatware and only minor UI tweaks. Otherwise this is the KitKat you’ve come to know and love. What few changes there are here are actually welcome additions to the Android UI. For instance, swiping diagonally from the top-left corner will take a screenshot and save it to a clipboard along with a related URL for quick and easy sharing. You’ll also find Harman’s Clari-Fi inside, which is designed to improve the audio quality of compressed audio tracks, like those you’d stream from Spotify. Perhaps most importantly though, it works on Sprint’s speedy Spark network.

The AQUOS Crystal will hit Sprint and its prepaid sub-brands soon, though we don’t have an exact date just yet. If you pick it up on Sprint, it’ll cost you $10 a month with a service plan, or you can get it for $150 from Boost or Virgin.

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19
Aug
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Sharp AQUOS Crystal confirmed for Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile



Sharp’s AQUOS Crystal Android powered smartphone is certainly a stunning looking device with its ultra thin bezels.Sprint has officially announced today that they will indeed be the launch partner for this exceptionally interesting phone. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first Sharp created Android device to officially grace U.S. soil through a carrier.

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The Sharp AQUOS Crystal sports a 5-inch 720p HD screen, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, SD car slot, 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front shooter. It will launch with Android 4.4.2 and carry a 2,040mAh battery to power it all.  None of those specs are ‘mind blowing’ by any means, but it is a solid mid-range contender. The AQUOS offers up a few extras that make it a little more interesting. For instance, the camera software offers up a Framing Advisor that helps you in your quest for better photos by helping you with composition and framing of your shots.

Sharp AQUOS Crystal


There is also an interesting approach to screenshots as well with what Sharp calls Clip Now. They mention that you can take a screenshot with ‘one swipe’ which makes me thing on the Galaxy S4 and the palm swipe gesture. However, the image is saved with an embedded URL for easier sharing. We will have to play with that if we get the chance to see how it really works out.

In addition, AQUOS Crystal boasts Harman’s Clari-Fi™ technology with the ability to restore and “rebuild” music fidelity lost during audio compression. Clari-Fi yields richer, deeper and clearer sound quality for compressed digital music (like MP3 downloads or streaming services such as Spotify®). The Clari-Fi experience includes low and high frequency extension, improved realism and fidelity, and wider sound stage.

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We know the Sharp AQUOS Crystal will be sold through Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile for $149.99, but availability will be announced at a later date.

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18
Aug
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Sharp’s new bezel-less smartphone will land in US thanks to Sprint


It’s been a long, long time since Sharp shipped a phone in the United States (remember this thing?) but it looks like that drought may soon be over. The Japanese electronics giant just pulled back the curtain on a pair of smartphones that barely have bezels, and one of them is slated to land here sooner or later. Sharp’s Aquos Crystal X is the more impressive of the two — aside from the fact that there’s hardly any material running around its 5.5-inch 1080p display, there’s a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 ticking away inside its 10mm thick chassis. Alas, it’s the less-powerful Aquos Crystal that’s expected find its way stateside. There still aren’t any bezels to speak of, but it packs a comparatively paltry 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 and a 5-inch 720p display — expect the price tag to reflect those decidedly mid-range ambitions.

It’s surprising enough to see Sharp gearing up to re-enter the crowded US smartphone market, but what’s really surprising is that we’re not getting some random one-off gadget like the Sharp FX this time. It may not be the most impressive of the two, but the Aquos Crystal still seems like an interesting choice for a company that hasn’t always put its best foot forward around these parts. Sprint hasn’t officially confirmed it’ll offer the Crystal, but it looks an awful lot like a lock at this point. Case in point: the carrier is holding a press conference in New York tomorrow night, and its invitation is rife with crystalline symbolism and a tag line that jibes with the Aquos’ bezel-less screen.

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18
Aug
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Hnnngh: The beautiful Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphones may be arriving at Sprint tomorrow



Sharp Aquos CrystalIf you thought your phone has thin bezels, the Sharp Aquos Crystal puts that and all other competition to shame. Sharp isn’t typically a company that you might associate with sexy smartphone design, but it looks like they’ve done it with their latest line of devices, including the Aquos Crystal and Aquos Crystal X. It’s been suggested today that at least one of these devices, the Aquos Crystal, will definitely be coming to America via Sprint, to be announced tomorrow at a Sprint event in New York City. Following this event, it’s alleged the device will be available for pre-order tomorrow, becoming available on August 29th.

Sharp Aquos CrystalThe Aquos Crystal is the more mid-range of the two devices, rocking a 5-inch 720p display, a LTE-capable Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage, 2,040mAh battery and Android 4.4.2; it looks well equipped to take on the Motorola Moto G, depending on the price. The Aquos Crystal X, on the other hand, is a bit more premium boasting a 5.5-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800. Pricing and exact availability of the devices has not been specified, but hopefully more details will be specified in the coming days.


What do you think about the Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphones? Let us know your thoughts about these truly bezel-less devices.

Source: SoftBank (1), (2), livedoor via Phone Arena


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