News by Luke Jones on Saturday December 13, 2014.
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The Sharp AQUOS Crystal landed in the US on Sprint and Boost a few months back and wowed us with its unique all-screen design. It looks utterly amazing in hand, but the truth is the handset was a bit of a mid-range driver, completely unspectacular in terms of performance and specs. Nothing particularly wrong with that, but the design deserves more in our opinion.There are actually two versions of the handset, the Crystal that we had in the United States and a Japanese version called the AQUOS Crystal X. You can probably see where we are going with this... we would have preferred this handset instead of the watered down version and Sharp has announced a new version in Japan, available through SoftBank with pre-orders available from today, although pricing is not yet available. The AQUOS Crystal X is more of a flagship baiter than the mid-range effort we have been used to, it gets a 5.5-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, VoLTE, Harman Kardon sound, quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and a 2610 mAh battery. On the back, the handset has a 13 MP camera with LED flash, while on the front we can see a 1.2 MP camera. The new smartphone is running Android 4.4 KitKat, and we would think an upgrade to Lollipop 5.0 would be forthcoming in due course. Customers can choose between black, white, or red, and we hope that we end up seeing this version in the US soon.
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 degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.