Sharp and Softbank have announced two new smartphones, Aquos Crystal and Aquos Crystal X. The main USP of these smartphones is that these have minimal or almost no bezel on three sides around the display. This makes these smartphones compact to hold and also makes web browsing, photo shoot and video viewing better due to the large display area in a compact design.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal has a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) S-CG Silicon LCD display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926) processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.
It has 4G FDD-LTE support, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage with expandable memory up to 128GB and packs a 2040 mAh battery. It is 10 mm thick and weighs 140 grams. It comes in Black, White, Pink and Blue colors and is priced at 54480 Japanese Yen (Rs. 32,300 approx.) and would go on sale in Japan starting 29th.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal X has a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) S-CG Silicon LCD display, powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 13.1-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It has 4G FDD-LTE support, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage with expandable memory up to 128GB and packs a 2610 mAh battery. It is 11mm thick is just 73mm wide. It comes in White, Red and Silver colors. It would go on sale in Japan in December. No word on pricing yet.
Both these have harman’s proprietary DSP technology and LiveStage audio. The Aquos Crystal model also comes with harman/kardon ONYX STUDIO Bluetooth speaker. These are expected launch in the U.S. soon.