Believe it or not, Sharp is one of the more interesting smartphone OEMs out there right now. The company doesn't do much business in America, but it is one of the top suppliers of LCDs to companies like Apple. And in Japan, the company has been using its display expertise to churn out unique-looking devices with ultra-thin bezels.
Sharp recently released a phone in America for the first time in four years when it brought the Aquos Crystal to Sprint. We reviewed it and found the design to be a breath of fresh air, but we were a little bummed about the mid-range spec sheet—it only had a 720p screen and a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC. Late in December, Sharp said it heard the calls for a high-end version, and the company announced the Aquos Crystal X.
The Aquos Crystal X takes the beautiful design of the Aquos Crystal and applies it to a high-end phone. The Crystal X is bigger—packing a 5.5-inch, 1080p LCD (The Crystal only had a 5-inch display)—and it's faster too. It has a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 2610mAh battery, and 13MP rear and 2.1MP front cameras.