Back in 2015, Sharp made headlines when they unveiled the Aquos Crystal at CES. The handset featured no bezels on the top, left, or right sides of the screen, but the bottom portion was pretty chunky and housed most of the components necessary to make a display work on a smartphone. Flash forward to 2017, the company is trying this same design again but with a more modern design that emulates other devices being announced.
Called the Aquos S2, the handset features no bezels on the top, left, or right and has a cutout at the top for a selfie camera. This is similar to what Andy Rubin is doing with his Essential Phone that, mind you, still hasn’t reached the market. A bottom bezel houses a home button and likely other components like the Crystal did a couple of years ago. Cut-off corners in the top left and right give the device an interesting aesthetic, especially since most manufacturers opt for fully-rounded corners on their smartphones.
The phone is definitely taking cues from other devices on the market. Like I said, it resembles the Essential Phone with its cut-out front camera, and the bezel-less design is reminiscent of the upcoming iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8. Overall, whoever buys this phone should have a pretty sweet viewing experience while interacting with the device.
As for specs, there’s two different models. The first comes with a Snapdragon 630 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The second upgrades things to a Snapdragon 660 and a pretty massive 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Both models ship with a 3020mAh battery and Android Nougat with dual cameras mounted to the back. Obviously, the second tier will get you a lot more power, but considering these are still two mid-range processors, I wouldn’t have very high expectations in the speed department.
The Aquos S2 starts at ¥2499 which translates to roughly $373. That price isn’t bad at all for a bezel-less phone like this. It’s a shame it probably won’t reach outside of China.