In an age when every smartphone seems to end up looking like the same old boring rectangle, the Japanese electronics company Sharp has produced one of the most intriguing-looking devices of the year. This is the Sharp Aquos Crystal, a device that is still a rectangle, but the top half of it looks like something straight out of the future. Sharp has taken the standard smartphone rectangle and pushed the display all the way up to the top, creating a device with basically no bezel on the top and sides.
At only $239 off-contract, the 5-inch, 720p device is definitely a mid-range product, with not a lot to get excited about internally. The Crystal is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400—the same SoC we've seen stuffed into smartwatches—1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.