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    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 ...

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    Yesterday we picked up on a rumor that Sprint was about to welcome its first Sharp Aquos smartphone to its lineup, with word that the Aquos Crystal would be announced today. At least, Sprint was teasing a “take the edge off” announcement and the Aquos Crystal sports a blink-and-you-miss-it super-thin bezel. Connect the dots from this to a new partnership between Sharp and Sprint parent company Softbank, and it was all looking pretty plausible. Well, today Sprint has gone ahead and confirmed that interpretation, announcing plans to bring the Aquos Crystal to its own network, as well as ...

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    What happens when a Japanese carrier buys a US carrier? Well, at the moment, nothing has really happened, but wouldn't it be cool if this would mean that some hot Japanese phones will make it to the US earlier on that carrier than any other? We have nothing official to claim that there will be any of this collaboration between SoftBank and Sprint, but a little puzzle could point to that possibility. Sprint's event tomorrow teased the phrase "take the edge off," and showed a lot of crystals all around the invite. If you match that with the recent announcement of the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and ...

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    Motorola's getting a lot of attention for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, and more than because of the Android Wear software the wearable will run, people are fascinated with the idea of its circular display. It won't be the first one we ever saw, with Motorola itself delivering the round-screened Aura a few years prior, but anything with a display that's not rectangular is still very much the exception. And there are good reasons for that: circular displays can be tricky to produce, complicated to address with typical display circuitry, and are more wasteful to fabricate. But today we ...

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    It has been a long, long time since we talked about a smartphone from Sharp, and the last time we checked in on some of the company's new devices – all the way back in November 2012 – we weren't exactly blown away by the spread. However, it seems that Sharp has learned a thing or two in the many months since, and today we're hearing about the launch of a new phone a new tablet in Japan, both of which look pretty attractive. First up we have the Aquos mini SHL24, running a Snapdragon 800, and featuring 16GB storage (with microSD expansion), 2GB RAM, a 2120mAh battery, and a big ...

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    There are dozens of different ways to make the display panel for a smartphone or tablet, involving choices between various semiconductors, backlights, or subpixel arrangements. But when you get down to it, we're generally looking at just one of two base technologies: LCDs, where a white backlight shines through colored RGB filters and liquid crystals act as shutters to let through or block light for each, and OLEDs, where the individual subpixels emit their own light directly. Is there room for a third option? Sharp think so, and has recently been demonstrating its microelectromechanical ...

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    Last fall, we saw Sony launch PlayStation Mobile with its PlayStation Store chock full of games. In order to access any of this, you needed a PlayStation Certified device, which in addition to including Xperia handsets also includes a number of HTC's big Androids from last year, like the One X and One S. If you've got one of those phones, you'll want to start swinging by the PlayStation Store over the next couple months, as Sony just kicked-off six weeks of free game offers. Starting now, Sony's releasing one free game every seven days, kicking things off with the rhythm game Samurai ...

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    HTC may be the company to first introduce us to 1080p screens on smartphones, with its J Butterfly apparently getting ready for a US release as the Droid DNA on Verizon, but you had better believe that HTC won't be the only smartphone manufacturer looking to get some attention for super-high-res handsets. We've just learned that Sharp is announcing a 1080p model of its own, upon news of the Aquos Phone SH930W preparing to launch in Russia. We've been talking a lot about the perils of 1080p, not the least of which would be the effect that having to draw all those pixels – well over twice ...

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    We haven't really seen much of Sharp's current Android skin, but they've just announced that they will be teaming up with a design firm called frog in order to create a new Android based user experience called "Feel UX". You'll find it on Sharp's AQUOS smartphones later this summer. Some of the main UI improvements include lock screen widget functionality and real-time weather animation. Using different gestures on the lock screen you can swipe through different photos, check the weather, see notifications, look at stock quotes, play music, and even unlock straight to the camera. Within ...

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