Thursday, 21 August 2014

Stunning: Sharp Aquos Crystal with "Bezel-less" body looks like Out Of this World

The highlight of Sharp's new Aquos Crystal smartphone is the nearly bezel-free touchscreen on device. It probably looks like that Sharp has taken out the clothes from the Phone. The smartphone also sports Harman Kardon audio technologies.

The star of the show is the Aquos Crystal's 5-inch, 720p edge-to-edge display. There is virtually no bezel surrounding the screen, making it the first smartphone. The Aquos Crystal measures 5 inches (131mm) in height and 2.6 inches (67mm) in width at a substantial 0.39 inches (10mm) thickness. It weights 5 ounces (140 grams). Spec-wise, the phone shapes up to be a premium looker, but a mid-ranger 

The Aquos Crystal comes with a 5-inch S-CG Silicon LCD HD (720x1280 pixels) edge-to-edge display. The smartphone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926) coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It comes with built-in 8GB storage, which is further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

The smartphone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera, while there is a 1.2-megapixel front camera also onboard ( No I am not Drunked its down there) The rear camera comes with features such as scenery modes, framing advisor, night catch, HDR, Panorama, sequential shots, and shutter detect. 

Talking on a phone with no bezel and no apparent earpiece is a little odd, but you hold the Aquos Crystal up to your ear in the same way you hold any other phone (no, you don't have to turn it upside-down to talk). Because nearly the entire front is display, it lacks a proximity sensor, but Sharp's software will lock the display when on calls so you don't accidentally press buttons with your ear.

Sharp's Aquos Crystal packs a 2040mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 13 hours of talk time. The smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB, 3G, and 4G LTE connectivity options.

The Japanese electronics giant has sought to include some interesting audio features for Aquos Crystal users, with Harman's Clari-Fi audio restoration technology, and LiveStage signal processing for a 'lifelike headphone listening experience'. Sharp is also touting the Clip Now feature, which lets users take screenshots with a swipe and save them with an embedded URL for easy sharing.

It will be exclusively sold via Sprint in the US at $239.99 (approximately Rs. 14,500) without contract. The Sharp Aquos Crystal will be also available on Sprint's prepaid brands Virgin Mobile (in Black) and Boost Mobile (in White). In both cases, the Aquos Crystal will be priced at $149.99 (approximately Rs. 9,100). Sprint isn't saying exactly when the Aquos Crystal will be available, but it says we should expect it in the near future.

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