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Sharp and Softbank have just announced a pair of new Android phones which have a stunning design that is different from anything else on the market. All the phone’s hardware seems to have been placed in the bottom leaving the top and sides almost impossibly thin.
The device has thinner bezels along the top and sides than any other phone but it does come at the expense of a slightly larger bottom bezel. Although that is to be expected – they have to put the phone’s internals somewhere! It still provides a very fascinating design and one that is sure to grab people’s attention.
What threw us about the initial render above though was that there is no obvious placement of the ear piece. However, we can confirm that it is indeed in its usual position, something you can see more clearly in the SoftBank promotional video below.
There are two models here, here one with a 5″ screen at a 720p resolution and the other, known as the Aquos Crystal X, with a 5.5″ Full HD 1080p display. Both are powered by a Snapdragon 400 CPU and 1.5GB RAM, come with Harman/Kardon audio and run Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
These are certainly not top-of-the-line specs but should they should still be solid mid-range devices with a very stylish and unique design. I am sure these phones will appeal to some people who are fond of the look but don’t need an uber-powerful high-end device. It will be interesting to see how Sharp decides to price these phones.
According to the press release the device will be launching in the United States in addition to Japan, which is a surprise because most of Sharp’s Android efforts thus far have been limited to Japan only.
Here is a roughly translated extract of the press release which confirms this:
“AQUOS CRYSTAL” is a co-development model of Sprint and Softbank Mobile, it will be released on August 29 in Japan. In addition, it is expected to be released in the United States.
No word on whether we’ll ever see this in Europe though. I suspect not, however it is possible. If not officially, we may be able to purchase it through Expansys as they have stocked Japanese Sharp and Panasonic phone models before.
In the US the device is expected to be launched at Sprint’s upcoming “take the edge off” event in New York on the 19th of August. Hopefully we’ll find out more then.
Source: Sharp Press Release (Japanese)