Sharp's "Edge-to-Edge" AQUOS Crystal Smartphone Coming to Sprint for $239 Off-Contract
August 19, 2014 7:31 PM
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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.
8/19/2014 8:38:09 PM
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.
8/20/2014 9:35:19 AM
Can easily be overcome with software modifications, which Asus may have done.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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