Sharp and Softbank have announced a pair of new Android phones initially confirmed for Japan that quite literally have to be seen to be believed. If you like the idea of no side and top bezels on your phone, then this is the one for you. The Aquos Crystal follows a more TV-like design with all the non-screen parts of the front of the phone dropped to the bottom leaving the rest to be all screen. And it's pretty stunning looking. Better yet, it should be coming to the United States.
The key (and very roughly translated) part of the press release reads as follows:
"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.
So, what exactly are we looking at? There are two models of the phone, one at 5-inches and one at 5.5-inches known as the Aquos Crystal X. Since this won't be making it to Japan until after December this year, the chances are we'll be seeing the smaller version in the U.S.
The smaller Crystal has a 1280x720 resolution display and Harman/Kardon audio. It's powered by a Snapdragon 400 CPU and 1.5GB of RAM with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. So, we're not looking at a new top of the line offering but potentially a very stylish, solid mid-range effort. The larger 5.5-inch phone ups the screen resolution to Full HD 1080p.
We'll be live from New York on August 19 for the Sprint event, so stick around to see more!
Source: Sharp (translated)