updated 02:02 pm EDT, Mon August 18, 2014
Slim-bezel Sharp Aquos Crystal may arrive in United States tomorrow
Sharp has created two new Aquos smartphones with an extremely minimal bezel, giving the appearance of an edge-to-edge display. The Aquos Crystal and the Aquos Crystal X, with respective 5-inch 720p and a 5.5-inch 1080p displays, will both be going on sale in Japan, with at least one of the devices heading to the United States in the near future.
The Aquos Crystal weighs 5 ounces and measures 0.39 inches thick, reports Phone Arena, and is packed with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz with 1.5GB of RAM. Running on Android 4.4.2 and with Harman Kardon audio processing with "Clari-Fi" and "LiveStage" support, it has 8GB of storage with microSD expansion, and a 2,040mAh battery said to provide around 13 hours of talktime and 530 hours of standby. On the back is a 12-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, capable of 1080p video recording, while a 1.2-megapixel sits on the front of the phone.
The larger Aquos Crystal X opts for a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Marginally thicker at 0.43 inches, it includes a 2,610mAh battery to match its bigger and more powerful design, along with a rear 13-megapixel camera.
Of the two, the Aquos Crystal will be the device heading to the United States, with a SoftBank press release claiming it will be released on Sprint from August 29th, with pre-orders starting tomorrow, though there has yet to be a confirmation from Sprint itself. The Aquos Crystal X will apparently remain a Japan-exclusive device for the time being, but could make the transition in the future.