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Sharp Aquos Crystal available at Sprint and Boost Mobile

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Sharp Aquos Crystal

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is the phone you want to get your hands on if you want and edge-less, no bezel display to work with. The Sharp Aquos Crystal has amazed with how thin it manages to keep the bezels surrounding its screen, although it did sacrifice some design aspects in order to do it. While the Aquos Crystal looks awesome even up-close, it does have shortcomings like the front camera being placed on the hefty bottom bezel, which makes selfies inconvenient, to say the least. Nonetheless, if you’re in it for the design, the Sharp Aquos Crystal will surely turn quite a few heads.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal can now be bought via Sprint and Boost Mobile, for a pretty cheap $150 price, and that’s an off-contract price. You can also find the Sharp Aquos Crystal at Best Buy, and you can currently choose between a Black and a White version of the handset. The Sharp Aquos Crystal will also be available with a subscription at Sprint starting October 17. You will have to pay $10 monthly fees for 2 years, but you will get the Sharp Aquos Crystal for free in the moment of purchase. So far, Sharp has only marketed handsets to Japanese customers, and the Sharp Aquos Crystal is the first Sharp phone to be officially launched in the U.S.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal sports a 5 inch screen with a 720 x 1280 resolution and 294 ppi pixel density. It measures 131 x 67 x 10 mm and weighs 141 grams. The small format is facilitated by the fact that the Sharp Aquos Crystal has almost no bezels on the top, or on the sides of the screen, but a considerably large bottom bezel. One of the best features on the Sharp Aquos Crystal, besides the bezel-less design, is the Harman Kardon audio enhancement and Direct Wave Receiver for impeccable sound quality. Otherwise, the Sharp Aquos Crystal specs place it in the mid-range category, with a Snapdragon 400 CPU backed by Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage, expandable to 128 GB via microSD card. The Sharp Aquos Crystal runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is powered by a 2040 mAH battery. The camera setup is pretty average too, with an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1.2 MP front shooter. All in all, for the $150 price tag, the Sharp Aquos Crystal is a pretty good deal.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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