Sharp has unveiled its bezel less Aquos Crystal 2 smartphone. The handset is listed on telecommunications company SoftBank’s webpage in Japan and will be released in mid-July 2015.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 is the successor to the Aquos Crystal smartphone launched last year. The handset has a 5.2-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It has a dust and water resistant body. It has 16 GB of internal storage expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card slot. It has a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM and runs Android 5.0 OS. The Sharp smartphone has an 8 MP primary camera with LED flash and a 2.1 MP secondary camera. Because of the bezel-less display the earphone speaker is replaced with the same bone conducing technology used on the OG version of the phone and the front-facing camera is located below the screen.
Connectivity options included in the Aquos Crystal 2 are 4G LTE, 3G Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, NFC and GPRS/EDGE. The device comes with a Grip Magic sensor, which is place on the side to detect touches. Sharp has also added mobile wallet support in the device. The Aquos Crystal 2 measures 136 x 71 x 11mm and weighs 154 grams. It packs a 2030 mAh battery. According to SoftBank’s official listing the handset will be available in Turquoise, Black, White and Pink color options. It's unclear whether or not the smartphone will be launched outside Japan.
Recently, images and video of the Oppo bezel less phone had been spotted online. The R7 smartphone has a 5.5 inch edge-to-edge screen similar to the Sharp Aquos Crystal. It has ultra-thin bezels only on its lateral sides, with large “bezels” at the top and bottom. Oppo had filed a patent that describes a special tech to diffract light at the very end of the display's physical body in order to create the illusion that no/little bezel is present. Other rumoured specifications of the device include a 64-bit MediaTek SoC with octa-core CPU, 4 G LTE connectivity and a 20.7 MP primary camera.