Sharp Aquos S2 Release Date, Price and Specs

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Announced on Tuesday in Beijing, China, Sharp’s Aquos S2 is almost all screen.

Screenshot by Daniel Van Boom

Before Samsung[1] and Xiaomi[2] dropped phones with tiny bezels, Sharp introduced the world to edge-to-edge phone displays in 2014 with the Aquos Crystal[3]. The Aquos S2, which is the latest device in the line, pushes the concept further, packing a 5.5-inch display into a tiny frame. Announced in Beijing on Tuesday, the phone has a small chunk of bezel on the bottom, where its fingerprint scanner lives.

It’s all screen above that, except for a small circular space for the 8MP front camera. The design is similar to the fabled Essential phone[4]. The Aquos S2 will retail online from 2,499 yuan, which converts to roughly £370, AU£470 and ?185.

That’s much cheaper than the £750, ?689 or AU£1,199 Samsung Galaxy S8, which is the easiest way for you to get your hands on a futuristic, all-screen (almost) no-bezel design. Of course, it’s not a completely fair comparison, with the Aquos S2 not packing the same premium specs as Samsung’s flagship. But for the midrange price, you’ll get a strong processor, plenty of RAM and a dual camera.

If you’re willing to fork out an extra £150, AU£190 or ?110 for the premium edition, you’ll get a better CPU and 2GB more RAM. (The cameras and battery are identical, though.)

Key specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630/660 processor
  • 5.5 inch, 2,040×1,080-pixel display
  • 4 or 6GB of RAM
  • 64 or 128GB on-board storage
  • 12 or 8MP rear cameras
  • 8MP front camera
  • 140g, 141.8×72.04×7.9mm (5.5×2.8×0.31 inches)
  • 3,020 mAh battery

The phone will be competing with other midrange beasts from China, including the OnePlus 5[5] and the Oppo R11[6].

It’ll be available for import through Chinese retailer JD, among others, later this month.

References

  1. ^ Samsung (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Xiaomi (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Aquos Crystal (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ fabled Essential phone (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ OnePlus 5 (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ Oppo R11 (www.cnet.com)

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