Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 adds water resistance to its bezel-less design
There are plenty of smartphones that like to push physical limitations, whether that means being nearly phablet-sized, having a super-thin body, or offering a display that seems to fill the phone’s face, with barely a hint of a bezel to be found. Last summer, Sharp brought us fantastic example of the latter, launching the Aquos Crystal. Better than just having an extremely eye-catching look, the Aquos Crystal offered some workable mid-range specs and came attached to a fantastically low sticker price, selling off-contract for $240 or less. We’ve been curious to see how Sharp might improve on the model, and as it happens we won’t be waiting until August again to learn how, as the Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 makes its debut this week.
Spec-by-spec, the new Aquos Crystal looks like a pretty conservative upgrade, and makes a few improvements without verging too far away from its predecessor. The display grows from 5.0 to 5.2 inches, and while we haven’t heard resolution confirmed, we’re assuming we’re looking at 720p again. The phone’s powered by the very same Snapdragon 400 as last year, and battery capacity is basically the same, with a 2030mAh component.
So what does change? Front-facer resolution gets a bump up to 2MP (with another 8MP main camera), RAM capacity grows from 1.5GB to 2GB, and the handset is now dust- and water-resistant.
Not all changes are necessarily good, though: the phone thickens slightly to 11mm (from 10mm), and is a bit heavier (to the tune of 14g). Considering the larger screen, though, those stretch marks aren’t entirely surprising.
Japan’s set to see the Aquos Crystal 2 arrive sometime in July. As of now, there’s no word on international plans.