Sharp drops all-screen Aquos sequel

by Haadi Bakar
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Sharp just announced a new all-screen smartphone yesterday to further heat up the competition for bezel-less phones this year.

The Japanese electronics company unveiled a tri-bezel-less phone in Beijing, dubbed the Aquos S2. It’s almost equal in size to Apple’s iPhone 7, though the latter packs a larger 5.5-inch screen thanks to the phone’s extremely thin borders.

The screen on the Aquos S2 is Full-HD+ quality (1080 x 2040). It fills up almost the entire front surface of the phone while leaving the chin on the bottom where a tiny fingerprint sensor resides.

Sharp’s Aquos S2 next to Apple’s iPhone 7.

The Aquos S2 is a sequel to Sharp’s 2015 Aquos Crystal, which also eschewed bezels from three sides. Sharp pioneered this borderless phone design way before big OEMs like Xiaomi and Samsung fueled the trend earlier this year.

Sharp’s new flagship phone also features vertically-oriented dual cameras at the back; a 12 megapixel + 8 megapixel combo.

The Aquos S2 is powered by a Snapdragon 630 chipset, which puts the phone on the high performing mid-range. It also comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

A Snapdragon 660 version is also available with double the RAM and storage. Both variants will have a 3,020mAh battery.

The Aquos S2 carries a low price tag of US$370 (B$500) and will be sold in China markets first.

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