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.