If someone mentioned Sharp, you’d probably think about your TV, microwave or some other household appliance. You would not think about a sleek and sexy new smartphone, but that is precisely what Sharp has is trying to become. It has partnered with SoftBank to develop two low-cost smartphones for release in Japan and the US. However, only one of them, the Aquos Crystal, is coming to the US market.
At first glance, it looks like their new handset has plenty to offer. The Aquos Crystal features a striking, virtually bezel-less, design and comes with a 5-inch 720p HD edge to edge display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and will run Android 4.4.2.
Since it is developed in partnership with SoftBank, the downside is that the Aquos Crystal is only available with Sprint. On the upside, however, it will cost $240 off-contract. This puts it in the same category with the Moto G. The Aquos Crystal’s design might give it the upper hand, but at almost $50 more, could be a hard to justify for someone on a budget.
The Aquos Crystal also features Harman Kardon Clari-Fi technology to restore compressed audio so that you get better audio playback. The phone is scheduled to be avaliable on Aug 29th in Japan but there is no release date for the US market yet. The Aquos Crystal will be available on with Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.