Sharp will launch the bezel-less Aquos S2 on August 8
In 2014, Sharp showed off a very unique handset. The Sharp Aquos Crystal looked like something out of a sci-fi film—aside from a thick bottom bezel, it was pretty much all screen. Since then, bezel-less design has gone from curiosity to trend to standard with every successive generation of smartphones. Today, Sharp has announced that the one that started it all is getting a successor: the Aquos S2.
Sharp will host a launch event in Beijing, China, on August 8, where it will formally launch the Aquos S2. The launch location gives away the target market for this new phone—it's a China exclusive. The Aquos S2 will be available for purchase there starting August 14.
Like the Essential Phone, Sharp's upcoming device uses a Free-Form Display which allows portions of the screen to be cut away, in this case to house the front-facing camera and receiver. The company touts the Aquos S2's high screen-to-body ratio of nearly 85%, which according to Sharp makes the 5.5-inch device feel like a half-inch smaller when held in your hand.
No other details about the Aquos S2 were mentioned in Sharp's announcement. However, we have an idea of its specs from a recent leak. They include:
- A possible 4K resolution display
- Either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 or 830 processor
- At least 6 GB of RAM
- Dual 12- and 8-megapixel rear cameras
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- Black and gold color variants
These specs have not been officially confirmed, but given the close proximity of the Aquos S2 launch, there's a good chance that they are fairly accurate. The only piece of information that hasn't leaked yet is pricing. Of course, given that the handset is not making it past Chinese shores, that's not much of a concern.
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