Product Launch by Luke Jones on Monday August 18, 2014.
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Japanese electronics giant Sharp has had a tough time of late, with failing businesses right across the consumer space, while the company is not a major presence in smartphones. That does not mean that Sharp does not know how to build a quality handset, just take a look at the latest, the high end Aquos Crystal. It is certainly one of the best looking smartphones we have seen in a while, and is suitably premium too, but you will probably never have the one you want.US carrier Sprint is holding a press event in New York City tomorrow to show off the handset, and the event is rather aptly titled "Take the edge off". One look at the main image and you probably see why, as the Aquos Crystal is just about the most bezel free smartphone we have seen. We are used to the major brands (HTC, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft etc.) toning down bezels to make their devices almost all screen, but the Crystal takes it up a notch. The only noticeable bezel is along one portrait side where the branding for the handset is, other than that this device is screen. There are two versions of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, a high end Japanese version and a decidedly more mid-range US variant, the one Sprint will be offering. The US based device will come with a 5-inch 720p screen and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM. The Crystal is not the thinnest device, but it looks good at 10mm with its all screen design. This variant gets 8GB of on board storage, Harman Kardon sound, and Android 4.4.2. The Japanese version is called the Aquos Crystal X and that is a decidedly more premium affair, sporting a larger 5.5-inch screen with 1080p resolution. It also gets a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on board storage, and a 2,610mAh battery. Sprint will offer pricing details tomorrow, but considering its mid-range specs we expect the Aquos Crystal to be affordable. It is expected to be land on shelves from August 29th and will be among the best looking mid-range efforts available. As for the Japanese X version, we would love to see that land eventually in the US, but do not hold much hope. Still, there is always importing. source: BGR
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.