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Sharp announces Aquos S2 with bezel-less display and dual-cam

Sharp isn't the first name that springs to mind when you think "high-end smartphones," but the Japanese's company's display technology is being used in quite a few devices from other brands, and Sharp tends to use its own products to showcase its latest developments. This is the case for the Aquos S2, which was announced today and features a pretty stunning edge-to-edge 5.5" panel with 17:9 aspect ratio, a 2,040 x 1,080 resolution, 135-percent sRGB gamut and 550-nit brightness.

Thanks to Sharp's display know-how, the Aquos S2 has an impressive 87.5-percent screen-to-body ratio and essentially fits a 5.5" display into the dimensions of a conventional 5" device. You still get a sizeable 3,030 mAh battery, though, and all the components are built into an aluminum uni-body design with a glass back.

A small cutout at the top of the display provides room for the 8MP front camera with large 1.4um pixels and F2.0 aperture. A dual-cam on the back combines a 12MP main sensor with a 8MP secondary chip which is mainly used for a 7-level depth-effect but doesn't provide any zoom capability. Both rear image sensors also feature 1.4um pixels and fast F1.75 apertures.

Sharp has not released any information on global availability yet, but the company is already taking pre-orders in China. The standard model is powered by a Snapdragon 630 chipset , 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and will set you back 2,500 yuan (approximately $370). The premium model is approximately $150 more expensive, but it'll get you a Snapdragon 660, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

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MatVicensPhoto
MatVicensPhoto

definatly a small bezel. sick of horribly misleading marketing. Again.

4 months ago
cosinaphile

..............oh what an opportunity sharp had..............ummmm sensor?

and missed .................... a real shame and further proof of corporate cluelessness

cheers

4 months ago*
guest2015

630 vs 660? worth the difference? i don't play games, don't do anything cpu intensive, my current sd410 and 430 can't handle one gps tracking app i use. 615 can handle it no problem. i'm definitely migrating to 600 series. just not sure about sharp as a brand. their first gen phone wasn't popular around here.

4 months ago
Terkwoiz

"With bezel-less display"

Except for the big bezel at the bottom.

4 months ago
guest2015

hopefully it's a fingerprint scanner and can do moto action style control instead of buttons. $370 isn't bad compared to other flagships.

4 months ago
cosinaphile

i see a bezel all around

how exactly does one define bezel-less???? not my way apperently .....

4 months ago*
Charrick1

I guess that's why it's called "bezel-less", not "bezel-none".

4 months ago
goblin
goblin

SHARP's commandments:

- Thou shall design the most strikingly beautiful phone of its time, the Aquos Crystal, and thou shall make sure it is burdened with so-so specks and thick as a thumb, because perfection is an insult.

- Thou shall give gradual evolutions to the Aquos Crystal, but remember !!! Slimness is Evil !!! Thou shall keep it thick !

- Thou shall discontinue the design of the Aquos Crystal and switch to bland, motonexueveryotherphone design that shall have no corners and will look like an average phone made of chocolate has been left to melt halfway through then put in the freezer.

- Once yer phone legacy is forgotten and yer reputation as a designer is gone, from yer sleeve thou shall pull a bezel-free phone again BUT REMEMBER !!! Sharp corners thou shall not use (even though SHARP you are), as beauty thou clients need not, and thou shall KEEP IT THICK, as slimness and elegance is Chinese territory now.

4 months ago
guest2015

corners are fine. compare to moto corners. i think sony makes sharp corners.

4 months ago
mosc

Hisense makes sharp TV's in the US, who knows who makes their phones. I'm pretty sure this is Chinese already.

4 months ago
Sacher Khoudari
Sacher Khoudari

When will we get the first phone with a 360 degree display?

4 months ago
Dante Birchen
Dante Birchen

where would you hold it?

4 months ago
goblin
goblin

Yotaphone (almost) has one

4 months ago
minato17

but i hop0e they imporve the mega pixel of the camera....

4 months ago
(unknown member)

I'm so glad, I'm so glad, I'm so glad I'm glad, now we can phones to match our TV!!

4 months ago
7seven7

A long long way since year 1980... the Sharp PC-1211 :
- 1st Pocket Computer Programmable in BASIC
- 2x 4bit power saving CMOS 256 Khz CPU
- 1.9 KB RAM Memory, 11 KB ROM Memory
- LCD : monochrome 24-character dot matrix display
- QWERTY keyboard, numeric keypad, and special Function keys
- Dimensions 175 × 70 × 15 mm, Weight 170 g
- Interface CE -121 to a standard tape recorder via 3.5 mm jacks
- Printer CE -122 ribbon on plain paper rolls with 16 characters per line
:o

4 months ago
EskeRahn
EskeRahn

Sharp have several nice things in their story book :)

Also remember that Sharp had hi resolution displays long before aPple tried to tell people it was a new thing.
see e.g.
http://www.gsmarena.com/results.php3?nYearMax=2009&nDisplayDensityMin=320

4 months ago
Jay Ellbee

Wouldn't be the first with a glass body: http://www.mi.com/en/mi5/

4 months ago
DarnGoodPhotos

That's has a glass back and metal frame. That's what the iPhone 4 had, admittedly not with a curved back.

4 months ago*
Sangster

Sharp is no longer a Japanese company. It was acquired by Taiwanese based Foxconn.

4 months ago
Lars Rehm
Lars Rehm

I guess it's then a Japanese company that is owned by a Taiwanese one...

4 months ago
Sangster

Sharp went bankrupt in 2016 and Foxconn, who is contracted to make Apple iPhones bought them. Foxconn already make their own in house phones marketed to the low-end of the market under the brand, InFocus.

There has been speculation that they would make a mid-range phone marketed under the "Sharp" brand for the Japanese market. Foxconn's Terry Gou is a Sharp cookie.

4 months ago*
blurredvision

"Bezel-less"....ummm, I see a bezel. Might be very thin, but it's still there.

4 months ago
4 months ago*
Polacofede

i must be getting old or something but i don't get why all this move for bezel less phones. I have an S7 Edge and is extremely hard to grab it without activating something by pressing by accident an icon on the display. Also they are extremely more prone to broke by falling from the hands as they are pretty slippery as both sides are glass covered. So the solution get a phone case and in then all that bezel less design is lost. So this to me goes against usability. I really like Motorola gestures and the ability to use the fingerprint pad as a touch pad.

4 months ago
jaeae

Exactly my thoughts.

4 months ago
Dave Sanders

I have no idea how you grab your phone that makes that a problem. Hold it by the steel frame or, if using one hand, the standard 'three fingers on the back, pinky below' method works a charm. Never even thought about this as an issue, to be honest.

4 months ago
Polacofede

you mean the S7 edge?

4 months ago
Dave Sanders

yes, on my second Edge phone, never had a problem.

4 months ago
EskeRahn
EskeRahn

I repeat myself from other comments: The problem is NOT the lack of bezels of the DISPLAY, but that there are no 'bezels' or dead zones for the TOUCH sensitive area. This OUGHT to be handled by the UI of the OS, and user selectable dependant on how each user prefer to hold their device.

4 months ago
Polacofede

well regarding the grip and the phone polished glass on the back, something i have noticed is that when you have your skin hands is completely dry or dry skin the phone is hard to use with one hand it always tends to slide there is very little friction among the skin and the phone in that cases. So people with different kind of skin might find it easier or not. This get even worst when you are walking and using the phone (checking messages or texting, having to switch apps with one hand) at the same time.
I'm not saying the phone is always falling from my hands however i have to be extra careful, i have never had that issue with other phones I will get a phone cover and that's all for that matter.

4 months ago
Dave Sanders

Interesting. I think physiology has led me to never consider this. I hold my phone with three fingers spread across the back and my pinky underneath the bottom making how slippery it is totally irrelevant. That said, I find the glass on the S7 way grippier than the aluminum of an iPhone...physiology again, likely. But I can firmly hold my phone with my pinky preventing it from falling or sliding and I can type with my thumb, reaching the whole screen. Likely a product of my big 6'3" hands, which is why this conundrum has never crossed my mind.

4 months ago
EskeRahn
EskeRahn

@Dave Sanders, Well if you got 6'3" hands, no surprise you can easily handle any big phablet.... /S ;-p

4 months ago
Dave Sanders

Haha yeah, I just palm a laptop running Skype...

4 months ago
cosinaphile

bezel less like other memes like thinness do nothing but hurt the consumer
enough to buy the next phone

the valuable things that might have prevented disaster in the past. like
a swappable battery have been tossed to increase device turnover

the real issues that can improve actual user experience are ignored by the entire industry like better larger removable batteries [ ssd] solid state storage interfaces in what is de facto many peoples only computers ...even any removable storage medium for apple parishioners ....my my .

retention of something as basic as a frickin audio jack ... for goodness logic common sense sake

nope................. people and pundits will praise these consumer-hostile moves like some programmed drones in some cheap sci fi novel ....or maybe big brother?

4 months ago*
Gesture

My mistake.

4 months ago*
Gesture

Should be on DPReview CONNECT web site?

Look like a good value. Wonder what carriers.

I like the phone, but bezel-less is a solution in search of a problem. Invest the development money in better processors, more RAM, better internal storage options, better BlueTooth. I think of a lot of things more useful than a fragile, handleless smart phone.

4 months ago*
Mark B.

Glass back? I can imagine a lot of these will be dropped.

4 months ago
Panino Manino
Panino Manino

Bezeless...
Why these brands are afraid of selling "true" bezeless phones? They can do it if they want, but they don't'. It's really necessary to wait for Apple to do first and test the reception? I don't understand this.

4 months ago
paulfulper

Get a phone case with raised sides , it's working for me , I was afraid before buying the Samsung S8 + of accidentaly triggering the edges , but my spigen case solved the problem.

4 months ago
EskeRahn
EskeRahn

Well this could hardly be called a "solution", more a "workaround" to make a device useful to you, that by it self did not match your usage pattern.

I guess you would have been better off with an identical device with a more compact screen and bezel.

(And I'm NOT saying whether bezel are good or bad for everyone, only what is good for you)

(Also see my below comment that this is an really an OS issue to ignore edge-touches)

4 months ago*
h2k

"my spigen case solved the problem"
---
My SpiGen case saved me 1000s of dollars by saving various flying mobiles (for instance after taking off from a bicycle holder after hard braking).

They returned to solid ground without so much as a scratch. I accept the mobile's clumsiness and ugliness in a SpiGen after these experiences.

My first thought about this Sharp phone was: Looks like a nice package, but does it make sense in a SpiGen?

If not, I'd have no use for it.

4 months ago*
webber15

Anyone else have trouble with bezel-less displays or a really narrow bezel??
Holding my smartphone, often the flesh of my hand/fingers encroached upon the screen and - as per touchscreens - taps into something else!!

The thinner the bezel, the more difficult to hold the phone securely while in use...

4 months ago
webber15

Before anyone mentions it...I have skinny fingers!!

4 months ago
EskeRahn
EskeRahn

The problem is not the bezel-less screens, but the UI, as it is not rigged with a 'dead' zone.
Let us hope that new versions of Android/Ios will implement a user selectable zone that does not react to touch, and let the the user adjust it after the way they hold their devices.

4 months ago*
ozturert

I am already having problems with S7 Edge due to "Edge", I cannot think how I can use this one.

4 months ago

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