What a better way to celebrate new partnership than to release a new smartphone? Probably there isn’t one and that’s what Sprint, Sharp and Japanese company Softbank thought when they set to work on the Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone. The device was announced back in August and now is starting to make its way to stores. Prepaid Sprint and Boost Mobile have just begun selling the phone for $149.99 without contract.
Sharp Aquos Crystal for Boost Mobile and Sprint Prepaid Service
The Sharp Aquos Crystal is for grabs today from Boost Mobile brick and mortar locations and online store. If you prefer prepaid Sprint service you will be able to find the phone at Best Buy. Regardless of the channel or carrier you choose, the handset will set you back $149.99 off contract. A week from today, on October 17th, the Sharp Aquos Crystal will arrive at post-paid Sprint plan and will be available for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $10 each.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal would probably become just another average mid-tier phone, if it wasn’t for one feature – its virtually non-existent bezels. The phone’s 5-inch 720p display takes up most of the front panel and stretches from edge to edge and all the way to the top. The bottom bezel is quite thick but that’s because it houses the 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The device comes with some cool software solutions developed by Sharp such as Clip Now and Speaktoit Assistant. The former takes screenshots with a swipe and saves them with an embedded URL for easy sparing, while the latter is a natural language personal assistant that can perform a number of tasks, such as place calls, and send messages.
Other specs include a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2,040mAh battery, and Harman Kardon Clari-Fi and LiveStage audio technologies along with Direct Wave Receiver audio technology.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal may not be the most premium device on the market. In fact, the phone is not even terribly exciting for a mid-ranger. It does, however, have one important advantage over many high-end offerings – it combines large screen with a relatively compact size and a pretty affordable price. Any potential owners out there?