Sprint has just announced release details for the Sharp Aquos Crystal, a smartphone made in conjunction with Sharp and Sprint’s new Japanese owners Softbank. The device will first launch on Boost Mobile beginning today, October 10th, for $149.99 without a contract. You’ll be able to find it at Best Buy and Boost Mobile, or just order one online if you’d prefer to avoid the annoyances of brick and mortar.
The device is also headed to Sprint stores, though you’ll have to wait until October 17th to get your hands on it. It’ll be offered through Sprint’s Easy Pay service which’ll get you the device for $0 down and 24 payments of $10 charged every month. It sounds like Sprint won’t be offering it off-contract until it reaches their pre-paid arm on October 21st, at which point you can buy it full price for $150.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal doesn’t have the same oomph and firepower as contemporary flagships from the likes of HTC, Samsung and Motorola, though it’s designed quite nicely thanks to that 5-inch true edge-to-edge display. Here’s how the rest of the device stacks up:
- Harman Kardon LiveStage™ provides a more lifelike headphone listening experience by adding dimension to the sound
- Clari-Fi™ technology improves digital sound quality by restoring all types of compressed digital music
- Clip Now, which takes screenshots with one swipe and saves them with an embedded URL for easy sharing
- 8MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing cameras
- Crystal clear HD Voice
- 2,040mAh battery
- 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB (RAM) and 8GB (ROM)
Certainly not bad for $150. Order the Boost Mobile version from Boost using this link, or stay tuned for the Sprint link later next week once it goes live.