A 5-inch edge-to-edge HD display, Japanese technology manufacturer Sharp is returning to the American smartphone market with Sprint as its carrier and partner. Billed as a Boost Mobile prepaid ($230) and Sprint postpaid device ($149 on new contract), the Aqous gives both companies a chance to branch out and try a new style, both in terms of device and of brand image.
Software-wise, the Aquos sports Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a customized software layer. Harman Kardon provides ClariFi sound technology identical to the special Harman Kardon HTC One M8 device launched a few month ago. Imaging is handled by a rear-facing 8 megapixel shooter capable of 1080p HD video, a front-facing 1.2MP shooter for your irritable selfies, embedded 2,040 mAh battery, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM.
Aesthetically, Sharp has done a rather decent job with the design and execution of the Aquos. It hasn’t been very long after my hands-on with the device, but after all, almost any edge-to-edge display looks interested, but coupled with hints of faux metal and quite a bit of plastic, changes the feel of simply carrying a screen in your hand to having a unique view on just about anything you’d download. It’s very comfortable, but from time to time you’d notice it’s somewhat thicker than some of the higher-end devices on market.
Seems to be a decent mid-range Android phone, in short.
Press release and hands-on images after the break.