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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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sorry
By GulWestfale on 8/19/2014 7:50:55 PM , Rating: -1
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.




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
quote:
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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