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Boost Mobile Launches the Sharp Aquos Crystal With Edgeless Display

Boost Mobile launched the Sharp Aquos Crystal today. This phone marks the return of Sharp to the US phone market and features an unusual design that's almost all screen with hardly any top or side bezels.

The edgeless display makes the Crystal the smallest 5 inch screen phone on the market. It's priced at $149.99 on the Boost Website and is rumored to be coming to Virgin Mobile "soon".

New Boost Mobile customers who buy and activate any phone priced at $99.99 or higher, including the Aquos Crystal, are eligible for a $50 account credit (offer details).

To my eye, the Aquos Crystal has a distinctive, high-end appearance and its specs are quite good for a $150 phone, including:
  • Android 4.4.2 itKat
  • 1.2 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5 GB RAM, 8GB internal storage with 4.1GB available to the user
  • microSD slot supporting up to 128GB cards
  • Tri-band LTE (Sprint Spark)
  • WiFi 802.11 b,g,n
  • 5" 720x1280 px screen
  • 8MP main camera with auto-focus , LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording
  • 1.2MP front facing camera
  • 2040 mAH non-removable battery, 13 hour talk time
  • HD Voice
  • Harman Kardon Clari-Fi and LiveStage for enhanced sound.
  • Dimensions: 5.16 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches
  • Weight: 4.97 oz.
The Aquos Crystal's unusual design required some compromises. The front-facing camera is on the bottom so you have to hold the phone upside down to take a selfie or make a video call. Instead of a traditional earpiece and speaker, the entire screen, which is made of plastic rather than glass, vibrates to produce sound. Both features take some getting used to. See these TechRadar and PCMag reviews for hands on impressions of the new phone.


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  1. wow this is probably the best looking Android phone in prepaid right now and an awesome price too.

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  2. Hmmm do you really need to hold the device upside down for video calls or selfies? I have to believe it's not that more difficult to perhaps hold it differently and not necessarily upside down. Upside down just seems like it's using it wrong the wrong way lol.

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  3. I'm loving boost between this and the iphone 6 coming next week,I'm excited.

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  4. One design deficiency, which I have seen reported on other sites with reviews:

    "The battery cover is removable, although the battery itself is not."

    I guess.... like a car where you can remove the gas cap, but not put gas in it.

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    1. I assume that you remove the back to get to the sim and/or sd card.

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    2. Then perhaps the wording is erroneous?

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  5. HoFo ID Grateful4adviceOctober 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    I hope Sharp releases an unlocked GSM version

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  6. This phone rocks. Just bought mine and I'm loving it. It's one of a kind. Great price with excellent performance.

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  7. Does it use SIM card? Wish it it's gsm type

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    1. It has a SIM card but the US version for Boost and Sprint is CDMA + LTE only, no GSM.

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  8. Dennis..Any GSM version coming?

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    1. There's a GSM version but it's only available in Japan.

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    2. I wonder why Sharp isn't importing a GSM version. Odd, I would think it would sell. Perhaps Sprint is paying Sharp not to import it.

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  9. Looks awesome, I wonder how a case works on this thing and how vulnerable the screen is to breakage on top.

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  10. Phone nice, Boost not

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  11. Try to go buy one at Best Buy yesterday. Sold completely out. Galaxy S5 not even touched since they got it according to the mobile department rep.

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