Sharp keeps making smartphones with incredible, almost bezel-free displays, and today it’s announcing another one: Sharp Aquos S2.
The new Sharp Aquos S2 has a 5.5-inch 2K screen that wraps around the cutout of front camera, and the only bezel seen is at the bottom of the display, where there’s a room for home button. In terms of Home button, the phone shows a strong resemblance to the Essential Phone, which was really the first to start that style — even if it isn’t actually on the market yet.
You will see one very weird thing on the front of the phone, yes look at the top corners of the display. A typical smartphone would have perfectly square corners or as recently, we have seen slightly rounded corners also like on Samsung Galaxy s8 etc. But on this smartphone, Sharp has chosen to cut off the S2’s corners.
Curved display corners are sometimes made by covering up cut-off corners like what Sharp has made — that’s exactly what LG does with the G6, supposedly to make the display more impervious to cracking during a drop. So while Sharp is really offering more display area here by not covering it up, the actual look of it is a bit strange.
On the back, the S2 has a camera unit that looks an awful lot like what everyone is expecting to see on the next iPhone. It’s a dual-camera setup, with two f/1.75 lenses, placed vertically in the corner of the phone with the flash beneath them. That’s not to say that Sharp is borrowing from two unreleased phones, so much as the S2 seems to represent the median of many of this year’s phone trends.
Unlike Essential and the iPhone, though, the S2 is a distinctly midrange device. It comes in two models: the “standard edition” has a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, and the “high edition” has a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Both models have a 3,020mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and run Android Nougat. They appear to be on sale in China only, with pricing starting at ¥2499, or about $373 USD.