Sharp is certainly not a company that you would think about when we would ask you to come up with a phone manufacturer’s name. Today, Sharp has announced the successor of the Aquos Crystal 2 that was released back in 2015 – the Aquos S2.
As with the Crystal 2 in 2015, the highlighting feature of the device is the bezelless display.
But before we get to that – the design has stayed the same with one thing in mind. Making the bezels on the front look very small. Unfortunately, thanks to this, the bottom portion of the device has been left without any screen, so a bezel is clearly visible.
Sharp has put the fingerprint sensor underneath the screen, so the large bezel would hopefully not stand out by so much, and would actually have a meaning.
The display is a 5.5″ unit with a resolution of 1080 x 2040. That’s a 17:9 aspect ratio to be precise, including the cut out camera bar at the top of the device.
The Aquos S2 looks very similar to the upcoming iPhone 8 and the Essential phone. See below why.
Sharp Aquos S2 | iPhone 8 Front | iPhone 8 Back | Essential Phone
The new Sharp device however is packed with a mid-range power. It’s the first device to feature the Snapdragon 630 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. Luckily, for those who want it, there’s also a 6GB RAM 128GB version available. Both variants are expandable via a MicroSD card slot.
It also packs Bluetooth 5.0, Quick Charge 4 compatible and has a USB-C 3.1 on the bottom and of course has a 3.5mm headphone jack. NFC can also be found, so you can make wireless payments in supported shops and stores.
The device ships with Android 7.1 pre-installed, but do expect to see Sharp’s own custom User Interface on top of Android.
There is also a dual camera setup on the back. While one sensor is a 12MP one, the other one is 8MP that’s used to make the background blurred out. (also known as bokeh effects). The front facing camera is also 8MP.
The phone will be available for CNY 2499 or CNY 3499. ($370 or $520) depending on which version you decide to pick up.It should be available to purchase from 14 August.
What are your thoughts about the new Sharp device? Would you buy one? Do you think it’s a worthy mid-ranger among the crowd? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!