Sharp’s new Aquos Crystal smartphone is likely Sprint’s announcement tomorrow

It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard noise from Sharp in the mobile arena, but if their latest press release is any indication they could be the manufacturer behind Sprint’s latest smartphone. The Japanese company has announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, a 5-inch smartphone with a “frame-less structure and crystal display.” They also have “crystal sound,” and other cheeky cliches you can expect them to exploit in their marketing campaign for the thing.

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The press release mentions that the model is a joint development between Sprint and Sharp, and that we can expect to see it launch for the former’s parent carrier Softbank in Japan. A United States launch is also “expected” says Sharp, and we can’t imagine tomorrow’s Sprint event in New York City is bringing us anything other than the Aquos Crystal. Sprint’s original event invite urged us to “take the edge off,” likely alluding to the device’s edge-to-edge display, and was designed with some of the very same styling you see in the wallpaper of the Aquos Crystal above.

Here are the known specs of the thing so far:

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery life advertised for up to 3 days (2,040 mAh)

Not the most exciting spec sheet we’ve ever laid eyes on, but not the most terrible either. The press release mentions that pre-sales begin tomorrow and that the device will launch on August 29th, though it wasn’t clear whether those dates were for Softbank, Sprint or both.

Sharp also revealed the Aquos Crystal X, which is the smartphone I’m betting we all wish Sprint was getting instead of the entry-level offering mentioned above. This bad boy is a 5.5-inch device with 1080p resolution, a Snapragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and more. It’s also adopting Sharp’s whole “crystal display and sound” qualifications, so it should turn out to be a nice option for folks who are looking for something different.

Sharp-Aquos-Crystal-X

Unfortunately the Aquos Crystal X is only planned for a Japan launch at this time, though they didn’t immediately rule out availability in other regions. They also don’t expect the device to be available until after the year turns, so there’s a chance things could change by the time it’s ready to launch. We’ll just have to hope Sprint makes an effort to get this bigger, more powerful brother onto their network at some point next year.

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  • J Cav the Great

    Harman-Kardon sound?! This is very tempting. If the Harman-Kardon M8 would of been released on Magenta I would of bought it in a heart beat. I ♥ Harman-Kardon!

    • EarlyMon

      Root and add the HK adsp and libraries to your T-Mobile M8, not difficult.

  • O’s Fan91

    The main problem I see with edge to edge is that holding a phone in your hand will make the touchscreen think you are constantly touching the sides. In a similar manner, I dont see how you can put a case on one. I hope I’m wrong on both accounts!

    • Del373

      It shouldn’t be too much of a problem so long as you just hold it by the sides. That’s how I hold my Galaxy Nexus anyway.

      • Tony Lai

        But Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have a screen that wraps to the edges.

    • J Cav the Great

      Those are valid points. A case would be a challenge looking to see what they think of….

  • Tony Lai

    Great design of the phone… more Japanese-only phones need to start coming overseas…

  • John Wisner

    The Snapdragon 400 processor seems to be last year’s model. Brand new phone should have a brand new 64bit process; just saying.

    • JaswinderSinghJammu

      Depending on the price it might do really well.

    • J Cav the Great

      SD400 should be okay with KitKat and Android L though… Android has evolve to the point where you dont need top tier specs to have a stable smooth experience… At least for stock android versions sans skins….

  • ac

    Oh man, put top tier specs in the Crystal, and it would be a hot seller. The Crystal X could compete, but not everyone seems to like the bigger phones.

  • C-Law

    The kind of specs that will make the phone feel somewhat sluggish, especially in two years time. I feel like it may hurt Android’s image more than help it

    • jmscar82

      …who keeps a phone for 2 years?? haha..

    • Durin123

      Agreed. I have a friend who had a terrible experience with a very sluggish Android phone (not sure which). She had a cheap Android phones in ’09 and’ 10 and it drove her crazy, right into the iPhone’s arms. Before Ice Cream Sandwich (and especially before Honeycomb) Android made people upset with how it ran.

  • aranea100

    How hard is the screen? Without any bezel I’d think that any fall will result in cracking of the screen.