I’ve always wondered when frameless smartphones would make their debut. After all, a screen that spans the full width and length of its edges would provide the ultimate “wow” factor. Finally, this dream is soon to become reality. Almost.
The result of a joint effort between Sharp and information technology and telecommunication services provider SoftBank, the Aquos Crystal series smartphone will be the first to showcase frameless displays that stretch horizontally from edge to edge. The initial launch to be held on August 29th in Japan will feature a 5-inch screen. And if you’re willing to wait just a few more months, the Aquos Crystal X, boasting a healthy 5.5-inch screen, is set to debut in December. Now, once you’ve wiped the drool dribbling down your chin and popped your eyes back in their sockets, prepare to swoon again (well, perhaps not so much this time) at the Aquos Crystal’s additional features that include a wireless speaker system, the ability to take 999 consecutive photographs, and a battery life of up to three days. The video below provides an up-close-and-personal look at the Aquos in all its screen spanning goodness:
Ok, so there is a slight bezel, and the underside and bottom of the phone isn’t all that attractive. Although the smaller, 5-inch version offers fairly underwhelming specs, with an unimpressive resolution of 1280 x 720 and an already antiquated 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, the Aquos Crystal X promises beefier performance with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor that powers a 1080p screen and a 13MP camera.
Let’s face it, all of these smartphone innovations have been inspired by Apple (ok, settle down now Android users). That said, and come September, Apple must revolutionize the smartphone market once again, as many of its competitors have far surpassed the design aesthetics Apple once pioneered. As cool as the Aquos Crystal X is, however, I’m still holding out for a truly all-display smartphone.