Sharp, in partnership with Softbank, is coming out with a new phone that will appeal to pretty much anyone who hates bezels. The Aquos Crystal is an Android smartphone that clearly takes some of its design elements from Sharp’s slim televisions. The phone has practically no top or bottom bezels which means that its looks are superior to other phones. Unfortunately, those looks do come with some trade-offs, since the Aquos Crystal has less impressive specs than most flagship Android phones.
The device will first launch in Japan, but according to a translated press release, Sharp and Softbank plan on releasing the device in the United States as well. It has been suggested that Sprint–a US carrier owned by Softbank–will introduce a US version of the phone during its upcoming August 19 press event in New York.
Two versions of the Aquos Crystal will launch in Japan, a 5-inch and a 5.5-inch version that will be called the Aquos Crystal X. The latter of the two phones is not expected in Asia until the end of 2014, so it is unlikely the US market will see that phone until 2015.
As far as the smaller phone is concerned, it includes a 720p display, Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and Harman/Kardon audio. It might not be the most impressive smartphone under the hood, but it sure does look nice.
Via [Android Central]