File-It-Under: Edgeless devices By: D.F.Skin
Its rare that you'll see product devices suddenly being introduced to the market without warning in the month of August,that's usually reserve in the earliest part of the year,usually this time of year you start seeing the likes Samsung and Apple gearing up for their smartphone releases,the Galaxy Note and iPhone. A Midst all the leaked images of the iPhone 6 and heated Samsung rumors floating around the Internet,we are being side tracked in a good way by the Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone, which has no edges.
It's been a good minute since we've seen anything come out of Sharp in the form of smartphone,but the company is making a comeback with a splash with a very interesting model with an innovative design. It has a very thin bezel or lack thereof,yet the smartphone display dominates the entire screen. Seriously why can't all smartphone makers think outside the box and come up with a bad ass design like Aquos Crystal. What we are witnessing here could be standard in what we'll see in future designs in smartphones.
Smartphones that's currently on the market displays separate from the physical edge of the actual smartphone.In case of the Aquos Crystal the whole entire 1280 x 720 pixel LCD display is completely frameless.
Aside from the design, the Aquos Crystal hardware is kind of 2nd tier considering you starting to see smartphones today infuse some beast mode hardware within the device. The smartphone itself is running the latest Android KitKat 4.4.2, its powered by the 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor,with 8GB of internal storage,included is a 2,040MAh battery,1.5GB of on-board RAM. And here's something that's standard in most Android devices( You see this Apple) a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB of added storage.
Probably the most standout eye catching feature on this smartphone aside from the edge-less design is the speakers,they are made by the famous Harman Kardon audio technology which according to Sharp suppose to enhance the sound within your headphones,that clearly remains to be seen. In the camera department,the Aquos has an 8-megapixel camera,a 1.2 megapixel camera that shoots in 1080p video at 30-frames per second while the front facing part shooter records 720p video. There is a interesting features called night catch,this enhances the lighting for horrid night time images, then we have the smile mode that takes a photo when the camera remotely detects a smile,very interesting.
The smartphone will come in four color flavors,white,black,pink, and blue (my favorite color), it will have a dimple texture on the rear cover,this is course is what we currently see on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Sprint will get first dibs on launching this smartphone in the US,prepaid variants like Boost Mobile and Virgin mobile will launch this smartphone also.On the Sprint connection,in the US the smartphone will support 4G LTE,HD Voice enhancements,and Wi-Fi calling.
The pricing break down is grossly fair,really it is its almost scary,with a 2-year contract on Sprint will run you $20,plus takes and fees. You can also pick up the Aquos Crystal for zero dollars down and make $10 monthly payments for 24 months if by chance you don't want to sign that dreaded contract with Sprint. On BoostMobile or Virgin Mobile,you can get it for $149 plus tax (ugh). Lastly if you don't go with the monopolize dreaded contract,you can out right off contract pay $239,which in itself is not bad at all considering smartphones like this will cost you $500 or more off contract.
Its good to see Sharp reintroducing itself back into the smartphone market.Clearly though the big push from Sharp is design,design and more design and that's a good thing,I mean must smartphone owners are attracted by the design of the device,you won't see the casual unacknowledged consumer doing hardware benchmarks,I mean really. Kudos to Sharp showing enough balls to think outside the box with its design. Now will the smartphone perform well and win over the masses,that remains to be seen.