Sprint will offer Sharp's true bezel-less AQUOS Android handset

While T-Mobile and AT&T have been at each others throats trying to trump each other for the better part of the year, Sprint has slowly been rebuilding itself with the aid of SoftBank. For the most part, Sprint's attempts to stay relevant has had minimal impact, with every tactic either being forgettable or a mere copy of what was already being offered by another carrier. But it appears that Sprint has finally unleashed a plan that might make customers think twice about signing up with other carriers. Utilizing the momentum of the new plan, Sprint will also offer, at some point, the new Sharp AQUOS 'Crystal'. 

While Sharp has not produced a handset for the United States in quite some time, they have been fairly active in Japan and other regions of Asia. The Sharp AQUOS 'Crystal' will have a stunning 5" edge-to-edge display, making it one of the more unique devices being released in the United States. Although other companies have released near bezel-less designs, this is by far the most exaggerated, and it looks magnificent. 

The 'Crystal' will also include a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, microSD expansion up to 128GB, and run Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. Sprint has not released an official street date for the release, but it will be priced at $239.99 USD without a contract. The device will also be offered on Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile for a price of $149.99 USD. 

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Ugliest phone I've ever seen.
Would have been better if the bottom non screen part was smaller and a part at the top, with the camera where it should be.
Camera at the bottom is stupid, looks weird.

People will just slap it into an otter box or some other giant phone protecting case. That phone looks like it would crack the screen if you coughed while holding it.

The bezel on phones gives some protection. When the phone falls a plastic bezel is going to be softer material than the strong glass they use. So that plastic bezel will break first. Kind of like a crumple zone on cars. A car has certain areas built into it's frame and body that are designed to fail linearly. They start off crushing quickly and as it compresses and folds the metal it becomes harder to crush. This absorbs a lot of the impact in a collision. That plastic bezel on your phone saves your screen. Even on phones with metal cases. Those cases are thin and will bend and flex on impact transferring less force to the screen itself.

Phones with small or "no" bezels look slick and stylish. They lose the protection factor when the phone falls. These kind of screens are going to suffer more glass damage in falls because of those thin bezels.

SharpGreen said,
I still see a bezel around the screen, so once again more false advertising except this time from Sharp.

Unless there is a way to seal the screen on top of the side of the phone body a bezel will always be visible; the device body has a certain thickness and, unless is made of some special, surely expensive material... I do not want a too thin body: a great looking but fragile device is not a worth trade off.

Cosmocronos said,

Unless there is a way to seal the screen on top of the side of the phone body a bezel will always be visible; the device body has a certain thickness and, unless is made of some special, surely expensive material... I do not want a too thin body: a great looking but fragile device is not a worth trade off.

Not disputing that. I'm just saying they shouldn't call something "bezel-free" if it isn't actually bezel free.

Agreed... some of us with big hands are going to have issues with it. Yea, probably holding it wrong. My HTC One has a pretty slim bezel and I still accidentally hit the screen.

Yea, it sounds like a good idea until you use it in the field, at which point things look like they can go bad really quick. I like my sturdy Lumia that feels like it can be dropped (and has) and handled roughly.

So many people end up putting their phones in cases, anyway, that I see fewer points to this feature.