Sharp today announced two new phones for the Japanese market, at least one of which is expected to be available on Sprint in the U.S.

Sharp’s Aquos Crystal handsets take the trend towards thin bezels to what may be its ultimate conclusion. These phones have almost no bezel at all on three sides of the phone.

The smaller of the two handsets is a distinctly mid-range device, distinguished mainly by its unique style. It offers a 5 inch, 720P (1280×720) display, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage. It does offer a larger than normal battery for this class of phone, at 2040 mAh, and a micro SD card slot compensates somewhat for the limited storage. Sharp claims up to 3 days of battery life, but that would be with very minimal use. This phone is expected to be available on Sprint in late August. No price has been announced, but Sprint is expected to formally announce this phone August 19th, so we should know very soon.

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The larger phone rocks a 5.5 inch, full HD (1440 x 1080) screen, a Snapdragon 801 (same as in the Galaxy S5), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and a slightly larger battery. This should be competitive with other premium smartphones but, unfortunately, there’s no word on this phone coming to the U.S., although some are speculating in could arrive near the end of the year.

What do you think? I’m intrigued by the style, but wonder if the bezels might be too small. It will be interesting to see, and hold, this phone in person. It’s certainly unique, and even Apple won’t be able to claim Sharp copied their design.

 

 

 

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