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Sharp Aquos Crystal hands-on: bleeding-edge style on a budget (Video)

by Rithvik Rao on

When we take a look at any smartphone these days that’s not a flagship, design isn’t usually something that stands out as a selling point. That’s why when Sprint and Sharp went official with the Aquos Crystal earlier today, we were quite impressed; one look at that top side with nearly zero bezel, and we were blown away that such a phone was even possible to manufacture. Because of this, we were naturally quite excited to take this smartphone for a spin in a Sharp Aquos Crystal hands-on video.

The Aquos Crystal itself is — best put — quite futuristic. It’s the closest thing we’ve seen thus far to the zero-bezel pipe dream most of us long for, and it manages to stand out design-wise while still not being difficult to use in-hand.

The specs on this phone aren’t really the greatest (but that allows the price to be in a range we like; more on that below and in the video), with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 16GB of storage (expandable via microSD up to 128 extra gigabytes), a 2,040 mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera, and a front-facing 1.2MP unit. It runs a near-stock build of Android 4.4.2, with some extra goodies thrown in from Sprint like Clari-Fi and LiveStage sound enhancements (a la HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon Edition).

What’s possibly most remarkable (though we argue the bezels take this crown) is the price: you can grab yourself an Aquos Crystal for just $239.99 without a contract, $149 prepaid on Boost or Virgin Mobile, or for $10 a month (with zero down) on Sprint.

While we wait for a review unit to make its way to our labs, we’ve prepared a Sharp Aquos Crystal hands-on video, which you can watch right down below.

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