Earlier today the Japanese carrier SoftBank lifted the veil on a couple of new Sharp smartphones dubbed the Aquos Crystal and Aquos Crystal X, featuring a 5 and 5.5-inch display respectively. Impressively enough, Sharp seems to have pushed the limits of its “EDGEST” design language to newer limits, as both the Crystal and the X feature extremely thin bezels. More excitingly for US residents is the fact that the Aquos Crystal might see an official unveiling in the States via Sprint as early as tomorrow.
Sharp Aquos Crystal
The Sharp Aquos Crystal is basically a mid-range device sporting a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. It draws its processing power from a Snapdragon 400 SoC featuring a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz per core, and an Adreno 305 GPU. The device is equipped with an 8 MP camera, a 1.2 MP front-facing sensor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage expandable via microSDXC by up to 128 GB, and runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. It weighs 140 grams, measures 131 x 67 x 10 millimeters, and it promises up to 800 minutes of 3G talk time, and up to 620 hours of standby.
Evidently, one of the biggest selling points is the extremely thin bezel that contributes to the smartphone’s compact dimensions. To give you a better sense of proportions, the HTC One M8 whose display also measures 5-inches in diagonal has an overall footprint of 146 x 70 x 9.4 mm.
Sharp Aquos Crystal X
While the Crystal is impressive in its own rights, the Crystal X represents the pinnacle of Sharp’s latest smartphone line-up, boasting a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, a 13 MP main camera and a secondary 1.2 MP sensor.
At the time when this article was published, the official spec sheet for the Crystal X was lacking certain details regarding the smartphone’s hardware specs, but several reports (including the original one on Reddit) suggest that the device will make use of a Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz per core, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage expandable by up to an additional 128 GB.
Unlike its smaller sibling, the Crystal X runs on the latest version of Android (namely 4.4.4 KitKat), and measures roughly 139 x 73 x 11 mm. The weight and other details are currently missing from the official spec sheet.
According to SoftBank, the Sharp Aquos Crystal will be released on the 29th of August, while the Crystal X is set to hit the shelves starting with December. Both handsets will be available for purchase in Japan via SoftBank, and while the duo might not see the light of day in Europe anytime soon (if ever), Sprint’s customers in the US should have the opportunity to purchase the handsets after they are officially introduced. Sprint (who is also owned by SoftBank) has already prepared its customers for an event called “Take the edge off”, which will be held in New York tomorrow (August 19). Given the title of the event, we can safely assume that the Sharp Aquos Crystal will be the main attraction of the show.
Any thoughts regarding the Sharp Aquos Crystal line-up? Would you consider buying one of these devices in the US via Sprint?