Sharp unveils Corner R smartphone with bezel-free FHD display
Sharp has unveiled at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATech) show in Japan a brand new concept phone that builds upon the existing Sharp Aquos Crystal series. The Crystal smartphones are notable for their extremely narrow bezels that are even smaller than what current flagships have to offer. Our full review on the 5-inch Aquos Crystal shows it to be a unique experience and a surprisingly small device considering the screen size.
The new Corner R goes one step further with a 5.2-inch FHD display and a dense 425 PPI. The screen is virtually borderless around three of its four sides and its IGZO screen promises to be more power-efficient than previous Aquos displays. The design of the Corner R naturally lends itself to be one of the smallest 5.2-inch smartphones available if Sharp decides to mass produce the device.
Existing Sharp smartphones include the Aquos Crystal X in 2015 and a 4.1-inch 700 PPI IGZO prototype in 2014 that never went into production. Last year's Aquos Mini did not launch outside of Japan while the original Aquos Crystal had a quiet launch in North America. Borderless smartphones continue to be a rarity, though next year's iPhone may change all that according to current rumors.