In Short

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is the Japanese manufacturer's first major push into the U.S. smartphone market. Revealed on Aug. 19, 2014 at an event in New York, the device boasts almost nonexistent top, left and right bezels, making for a TV-like appearance. The Aquos Crystal sports a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 2,040mAh battery. There's also an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facer. And for improved audio quality, the phone comes with Harman Clari-Fi audio "restoration" tech to compensate for audio compression.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal will be available on Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, priced $239.99 off-contract. Sprint will sell the Sharp Aquos Crystal for zero down and $10/month for 24 months; Boost and Virgin Mobile subscribers are looking at $149.99 up front.

In December 2014 Sharp will launch a higher-end version of the phone, the Aquos Crystal X, in Japan. That device will pack a 5.5-inch 1080p panel and a faster CPU.