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Sharp Aquos Crystal hits the US via Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile

Sharp Aquos Crystal Android smartphone with 5-inch frameless display
Sharp Aquos Crystal
This frameless Android smartphone was unveiled today in the US as expected, offering Harman Kardon audio and a rich set of additional features for a competitive price.

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Sprint today becomes the exclusive carrier of the Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone, together with its prepaid brands Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. According to the official press release, this is "a monumental step in the Sprint and SoftBank merger" but, although pricing has been announced already, the availability of the device on the US market "will be announced at a later date."

These are the detailed specs of the Aquos Crystal:

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Memory/Storage: 1.5 GB RAM; 8 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 128 GB
  • Display: 5-inch frameless LCD touchscreen with 1,280X720 pixels and 294 ppi
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS with A-GPS, micro USB 2.0
  • Cameras: 1.2 MP front, 8 MP back    
  • Audio: Harman Kardon-enhanced (LiveStage and Clari-Fi) and HD voice technology
  • Operating system: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Dimensions/Weight: 5.16X2.6X0.40 inches; 0.31 pounds
  • Battery: lithium-ion 2,040 mAh

While the handset's colors are black, pink, blue and white, Sprint only announced the availability of the white and black versions in the beginning.

Sharp Aquos Crystal has a MSRP of  $239.99 USD but can also be purchased as part of various plans, such as Sprint Easy Pay (24 monthly payments of $10 USD, but service plan required). We will get back to this attractive handset as soon as its exact availability is announced.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-08-19 (Update: 2014-08-20)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.