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Sharp's AQUOS Crystal will also be available on Boost and Virgin for $149

It looks as though new wireless plans are the only thing that Sprint is announcing this week. This afternoon, Sprint announced that Sharp’s new AQUOS Crystal smartphone is coming to its network.
Obviously, the first thing to catch your eyes is the smartphone’s 5” edge-to-edge 720p display. The display features virtually no bezel along the side or the top of the device. The only real bezel left is below the screen, which means that you’d most definitely want to be careful when using the AQUOS Crystal without a case.
So your next question might be, “Where’s the earpiece?” The entire screen of the phone acts like a giant earpiece thanks to its Direct Wave Receiver.

Once you get past the snazzy looks and trick earpiece, things get decidedly more ho-hum. The smartphone includes a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (although a microSD slot is included), 2040 mAh battery, HD Voice support, Harman Kardon Clari-Fi audio technology, and photo duties are handled by 8MP rear and 1.2MP front-facing cameras.

The Sharp AQUOS Crystal comes in black or white, and will be available for $239 (no contract) on Sprint’s wireless network. You can also pickup the phone for $10/month using Sprint Easy Pay or for $149.99 using Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile.
Unfortunately, Sprint hasn’t announced a launch date for its latest smartphone offering.

Sources: Sprint, The Verge

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Crystal X
By piroroadkill on 8/20/2014 4:35:26 AM , Rating: 5

For those complaining about specs of the Crystal, check out the Crystal X.

5.5", same design, bigger battery, more storage, 2GiB RAM, 1080×1920 display and Snapdragon 801.

RE: Crystal X
By retrospooty on 8/20/2014 12:37:00 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Crystal X
By HardwareDufus on 8/20/2014 5:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
very nice phone indeed.

RE: Crystal X
By HardwareDufus on 8/20/2014 5:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft needs a pretty phone like this to showcase WIndows Phone 8.1

Case may limit screen size...
By Arkive on 8/20/2014 10:41:46 AM , Rating: 1
It's unlikely anyone with common sense is going to use this device without a case. I have to wonder how much of that screen edge is going to be lost by said case. Granted, probably not much more than a bezel on a regular smartphone, but if that's the case, why even include the feature?

By piroroadkill on 8/20/2014 11:36:36 AM , Rating: 3
Cases are so ugly and ghetto. Never used one on any of my phones.

RE: Case may limit screen size...
By retrospooty on 8/20/2014 12:39:19 PM , Rating: 2
You can get a nice slim fit case that adds a bit of protection and doesn't add much bulk at all. Some of them actually look pretty nice.

RE: Case may limit screen size...
By piroroadkill on 8/21/2014 3:54:46 AM , Rating: 3
To be fair, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and above look like crap anyway, case or no case.

By retrospooty on 8/21/2014 8:48:46 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. But better with a case.

Does anyone know...
By inighthawki on 8/19/2014 9:15:51 PM , Rating: 1
With no bezel and no space on the top... where does the sound come from while you speak on the phone? I feel it would be awkward if phone conversations were projection from some top/side/back speaker where other people could possibly hear the conversations from.

RE: Does anyone know...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/19/2014 9:22:24 PM , Rating: 3
As for that missing microphone that's usually chilling up top, a Sharp representative told me they use a direct wave receiver, which actually vibrates the screen next to your ear to transmit sound. No, you don't have to turn the phone upside down to make a call.

RE: Does anyone know...
By inighthawki on 8/19/2014 9:37:57 PM , Rating: 2
That's pretty cool. I'd like to try it out to see how well it works.

Thanks for the link

RE: Does anyone know...
By Omega215D on 8/19/2014 11:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
You can try out kyocera's hydro phones to experience that kind of receiver. It's interesting and it can be used even if wearing a helmet.

Seems good
By flyingpants1 on 8/19/2014 9:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
Seems good. I don't like it (and the specs suck), but what do I know?

The most frustrating things when using my Droid Razr V were the sharp corners, and the power button located on the top.

Thing is, it doesn't matter how thin the bezel is if you're putting an Otterbox case on it.

RE: Seems good
By Assimilator87 on 8/20/2014 2:52:02 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly why I don't use cases. What's the point in buying an amazingly crafted device if you're gonna put a brick sized case on it?

RE: Seems good
By flyingpants1 on 8/20/2014 4:44:58 AM , Rating: 2
There is none. And I don't put diamonds on my swiss army knife, either.

looks good
By SPOOOK on 8/19/2014 8:01:21 PM , Rating: 3
its cheap and does the same as any 660 dollar phones good deal here

RE: looks good
By teldar on 8/19/2014 8:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
If I were looking to go to Sprint and needed a new phone, this is something I would have looked at, I think. As you say, it's inexpensive and, for me, good enough from all appearances. I did just change from a verizon sgs3 which I thought was getting a little laggy, however, and this has very similar specs... So I can't say I would have been wowed by it, just satisfied.

By quiksilvr on 8/19/2014 8:41:43 PM , Rating: 2
I felt like this would have been the perfect opportunity for Sprint to come out with a flagship exclusive on their network. The phone looks sexual but throw some more money at it and it could have been an amazing product (Full HD screen, Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB on-board storage). At these specs it seems more aligned with the likes of the Moto G.

Also why does Boost and Virgin mobile get it for such a low price but people on Sprint have to fork an extra $90? Both Boost AND Virgin Mobile utilizes Sprint's 4G LTE network...So what is the incentive here? Why would I pay a higher monthly plan with Sprint when I can get cheaper options from Boost/Virgin that provide the same thing? Am I missing something?

By MadMan007 on 8/19/2014 9:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
What you're missing is that MVNO service providers are not the same coverage, may not have roaming or cross-network agreements, etc.

So close
By semo on 8/20/2014 3:03:33 AM , Rating: 2
If only it had a removable battery! I prefer 4.5" and smaller displays but without the borders, 5" might not be that unruly.

Ah well, can only hope that this competition knocks the S5 mini's price down.

Give it a twin
By Gunbuster on 8/20/2014 3:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
Would be cool to see them pull an HTC and release a model of this with Windows phone 8.1 on it.

By GulWestfale on 8/19/14, Rating: -1
RE: sorry
By shabby on 8/19/14, Rating: -1
RE: sorry
By LRonaldHubbs on 8/19/2014 8:38:09 PM , Rating: 4
Any skin which accidentally enters the touch sensitive area of the front will interfere with usage, even if it doesn't actually result in accidentally selecting anything. This happens fairly often to me, and I don't have fat fingers. Actually, it mostly happens with the edge of my palm when I try to operate the phone with just 1 hand.

RE: sorry
By tayb on 8/20/2014 9:35:19 AM , Rating: 2
Can easily be overcome with software modifications, which Asus may have done.

RE: sorry
By Omega215D on 8/19/2014 11:49:33 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have flabby hands but i still find that to occur when using my droid razr m and a few times with the moto x. It usually happens when using it one handed and trying to swipe a page from the far end.

RE: sorry
By Close04 on 8/20/2014 4:00:16 AM , Rating: 2
Most likely the edge sensitivity has been lowered to the point accidental touches are ignored. This can be done in the hardware or in the software. Most producers out there perform suck software tweaks with their phones.

The phone actually looks good (maybe a bit too much wasted space on the bottom) and the specs are spot on. Not everybody needs the Ferrari of the phone world. You drive a normal car, have a normal workstation at home, why would the phone be any different? It would just double the price and bring a fraction of that in real world benefits.

RE: sorry
By inighthawki on 8/19/2014 9:12:54 PM , Rating: 2
Do you really believe they just threw together a phone with no bezels and hadn't considered this at all?

Please try the phone before making speculation and coming to conclusions about how ti operates.

RE: sorry
By TheDoc9 on 8/20/2014 11:26:12 AM , Rating: 3
Just think, when Apple copies this technology it will be new and inventive. It will of course work better and look better... It will just be better... I think they patented this 5 years ago.

RE: sorry
By EricMartello on 8/20/2014 1:16:31 AM , Rating: 3
sorry but no edges at all is a horrible idea, as the slightest touch of the side of a finger will open apps unintentionally. and the specs are indeed ho-hum. i'll stay with my note 2, thanks.

They could avoid make an invisible border around the edge of the screen non-responsive to touch to make up for the lack of a bezel and most people do not need a quad core processor in a phone, so $240 with no contract makes it a fair deal considering that price will likely be discounted by retailers.

RE: sorry
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2014 12:38:44 PM , Rating: 4
While if you already have a Note 2 (I do as well) you wouldn't want to upgrade, its hardly a crappy phone. Especially for such a cheap off contract price. I mean its still a freakin QUAD CORE PHONE. What essential task could you not do with the original Droid which only had a single core? None. Now yeah with newer versions of android, dual core processors kind of became a necessity. But any quad core phone is going to be fine as long as you don't have some really crappy UI skin on top of it or a really poorly written app. But that's hardly a reason to say that the hardware is crappy.

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