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Sharp’s New Aquos Crystal Phones Have so Little Bezel, They Look Fake

Sharp and Softbank unwrapped two new phones yesterday afternoon, two phones that have so little bezel, you might think they are fake. The Sharp Aquos Crystal and Crystal X phones give new meaning to the term “edge-to-edge.” And guess what? You will be able to buy one before long through Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost. That’s right, they are real and coming soon. Sprint is expected to announce the Crystal later today tomorrow. 

Seriously, just stop for a minute and look at the video below. This is a real phone. These are real phones. We thought Motorola and LG knew how to trim down bezel, but it’s clear that Sharp is now the winner in that game. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to want either of these phones. In the end, both are pretty mid-range in terms of specs, but man, how cool does this effect look?

The Crystal sports a 5-inch display (720p), whereas the Crystal X tops out at 5.5-inches. The Crystal also has 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 2040mAh battery, Android 4.4.2, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and Harman Kardon audio.

We will know more this afternoon, meaning, Sprint will give us a non-translated press release. Should be interesting, if anything.

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Via:  Sharp | Softbank [PDF]
  • chris

    why isn’t this phone coming to T mobile and why just sprint ???

  • spudskier

    All photos and videos simulated? http://i.imgur.com/O0QE74Z.jpg Just thought it was amusing

  • MAN, I really dig that Spanish style song in the beginning but I CANNOT find it…

  • NexusMan

    I will never understand this obsession with bezel.To me, this doesn’t look good to have a huge bezel on the bottom with none on the sides and bottom.

  • Sporttster

    Figured Apple would be doing something like this but without Jobs their designs aren’t cutting edge anymore. He really made that company….

  • kashtrey

    So where exactly is the ear piece and how am I supposed to hear the person on the other end of the phone? [Can’t watch the video at work, maybe it’s in there]

  • John

    See Samsung? It can be done differently!

  • WitnessG

    They should have the big bezel at the top instead of the bottom.

  • needa

    wasn’t sharp the ones that produced the tech where a screen could take on any shape or size with no bezel, as long as it had a single flat area to put connectors? it was shown off with car dashboards and tail lights. just saying this phone is not exactly a surprise. lg has had one mm bezels on their screens for a few months now. so once again… no surprise.

  • Kevin

    i’d be really worried about even a short drop breaking this screen… nothing there to absorb any shock.

  • SewWhat

    Better option for a tablet design than a phone.. IMO…

  • bogy25

    It looks big and thick……I know …that’s what she said but it really does

  • s.m.

    Now just leave a little space at the top for a cam, speaker, and proximity sensor.

  • Neil Voskeritchian

    All I foresee are a lot of unintentional touches

  • dan

    Sharp has been decent in the design area with their TVs….However, they’ve equally sucked in the internal components area.

  • mcdonsco

    I dont know…from a looks perspective I’m all for smaller bezels, but from a use perspective I have issues with small bezels. My g2 is constantly registering screen touches that are accidental from my hand wrapping the device while using it. Can’t imagine how bad that problem would be on this phone.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage = fail

    bezeless screen = awesome

  • Joe J

    Must have… now.. .knew the lg g3 exec was lying saying that the g3’s side bezels was as small as technically possible. Since the g2 side bezels are smaller than the g3s

    • needa

      lg hass screens with 1mm bezel. not really any dif from this.

      • Joe J

        I have the g2 and the g3 . The g2s bezel is smaller than the g3s. The g3s bezels are being hailed as so thin. But as a g2 user I am disappointed

        • needa

          no doubt. the g3 screen is uhd.

          • Fieldy

            QHD you mean.

          • needa

            yeah that one.

  • Neil Fujiwara

    Innovation is great, however, limiting availability and making the phone an exclusive will make the phone a fail. I don’t see it being a success in Korea or China. Japan has a chance considering that people either buy Sony or Apple phones there.

  • AngryBadger

    Uh oh, if this eventually comes out on Verizon… I see the possibility for logo etching on the top. Yeaaaaaaaah.

  • tdurden64111

    I really hate how happy Asians are, not sure why.

    • TornyiBarnabásazIsten

      Maybe because you’re a miserable cunt?

  • cizzlen

    The cringe worthiness of this video is off the charts

  • RoadsterHD1

    Say what you want but this is a nice phone. If only they could beef up the spec’s. How much is this phone going to cost?

  • Havoktek

    I see a gauntlet thrown down here….Now will anyone use take this re-positioned form factor and build upon it….THIS is innovation towards changing the design without changing the design!

  • Xious

    Now why would they do something like create an awesome display like that and then put mediocre components in it? That’s just counter-intuitive.

  • Dave

    Dat chin!

  • gadget_hero

    They should have split the bottom bar half each above and below the screen so the camera, earpiece, sensors were up top. it would have been equally as stunning.

    • jerflash

      easier to hold and press the on screen buttons with the chin on the bottom. thats why they did this

      • gadget_hero

        depending on the weight distribution holding the phone so low could make it prone to drops…

    • Suicide_Note

      I heartily agre with you.

    • hfoster52

      Leads to many of chin pics.

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    • Mattish

      Screen images are almost always simulated on commercials now-a-days.

    • bhayes444

      That’s definitely his thumb’s reflection off the surface of the phone.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        Agreed.. thumb is below, but reflection of thumb makes it look fake.

    • joe23521

      Now THAT is a cutting-edge Sharp display.

    • Jared Denman

    • TC Infantino

      Ah, I noticed that right away too. I was just thinking Great Marketing gimmickry. Completely fake screen images, but good attempt. Still, the bezels are pretty thin.

  • T4rd

    Seems like the camera and sensors wouldn’t work nearly as well at the bottom of the phone though.

  • DJ

    Bone conduction maybe?

  • j

    Some bezel is necessary in my opinion. Much better when using different cases that need to wrap around the edge slightly, among other reasons. And WTF is the ear spaker.

    • hfoster52

      tap to take a picture now just became hard.

    • koopadoop

      Perhaps manufacturers are making phones out of better materials that don’t need to be covered by plastic or rubber?

      • mcdonsco

        It doesn’t matter what material the phone is made out of, all phones still scratch and ding when dropped, its unavoidable, so some people (myself included) will always need to put their phone in a case if they want to secure high resale for the device.

      • calculatorwatch

        This is pure speculation, but a phone with this small of bezels could be even more susceptible to shattering the screen when dropped. Especially because the top corners are so squared off, hit one of them just right and even a small drop could do a lot of damage.

        • koopadoop

          For current devices and materials sure, but it would be foolish to assume manufacturers (or suppliers to manufacturers) don’t know that phones are dropped a lot by now and wouldn’t do some materials R&D to fix it if they did know.

          • zurginator

            It’s not hard to fix: use plastic. Unfortunately this makes the screen easy to scratch.

    • Kevin

      The Ear speaker is the speaker used when making calls to hear the other person.

      • j

        wtf in this context meant ‘where the f’ =]

    • Graham Green

      Completely agree regarding the need for bezels. With the already (relatively) narrow bezels on my GS4 coupled with the a case, it makes it difficult to hit the screen accurately on the edges. Snapseed for example places a checkbox in the lower right of the screen to confirm changes, I constantly have to press multiple times because my finger can’t make good contact for the screen to register the action. Yeah, I could get rid of my case but that would put my device at risk of being damaged. A wider bezel would solve this problem AND allow for protective cases to be used.

  • M3D1T8R

    I’ve been saying for a while now we need to see a 5″ display with little side bezel, putting it at the sweet spot of under 68mm wide. Nice to see Sharp shows it can be done, even better: 67mm! (For comparison the DNA 70.5mm x 141, almost exactly like the phone on the left here.)
    I’d be nervous about the glass being even more fragile though. Let’s see it with sapphire and maybe some kind of shock absorbing metal surround.

    • JoYu

      Your glass goes all the way to the edge of the phone anyway. They are just expanding where the screen expands too.
      Along these lines, I wish they could design a phone where the glass doesn’t go all the way to the edge, but then you have to make the transition from some other material to glass.

  • miri

    Cool effect, but that bottom bezel… Could still be difficult to reach across the screen.

  • Jeremy Buro

    Wow that phone is so stupid….and the commercial too

    • koopadoop

      Thin bezels are stupid? Well you still have HTC and Sony to take care of you.

      • Joe J

        lol amazing how backwards some people are

      • Jeremy Buro

        I didn’t say thin bezels are stupid….I said THIS phone is stupid….not cuz of the thin bezel but because of how it looks very ugly and unbalanced to the eye…..and I prefer Motorola phones that’s it….

  • flyinggerbil

    i also enjoy when a dude squats by my head and casually strums his guitar.

  • Bob’s Bilderbergers

    Now that’s what I call screen innovation!

  • Bryan

    It looks like the earpiece is on the bottom, do you have to hold it upside down to actually talk on the phone?

    • Heh probably.

    • koopadoop

      Maybe there is no ear speaker, who uses their phones for phone calls anymore anyway? 🙂

  • Bryan Mills
    • OF

      This GIF never gets old. ever!

    • Havoktek

      Double M will be Hot even in her old days living in an Arctic Eskimo retreat!

      • Jared Denman

        Who is Double m?

        • Havoktek

          See that’s what I get for doing this stuff at work…..got distracted with a phone call and did Alyssa Milano a disservice by putting an “M” in her first name!

    • TornyiBarnabásazIsten

      Who’s this whore?

  • DC_Guy

    Wow! LEAD THE WAY!!!

    • Maxim∑

      lead the way into great call quality

  • Jeff Helget

    So… where’s the earpiece?

    • James Thomas

      My question exactly…

    • CaptainCaleb

      It looks like it’s on the bottom lip. Surely to god you don’t have to flip the upside-down to talk.

      • M3D1T8R

        I’d have no problem with using it the other direction for calls.

    • Bob’s Bilderbergers

      It also features speakerphone only mode!

    • T4rd
      • Bryan Mills

        Nice selfie of yourself, T4rd. You’re beautiful.

        • T4rd

          Thanks bruh, your mom thought so too! =p

          • TornyiBarnabásazIsten

            And what did your mom think when she sucked that horse dick, faggot?

          • T4rd


    • silver_arrow

      Bone conduction? Or on the side of it.

      • richkoos

        that would be sweet!

    • Jared Denman

      Btw this phone gets released Aug 29th.