Sharp Aquos S2 Official: First Snapdragon 630 Phone, Bezel-less Screen

Announced on Tuesday in Beijing China Sharp's Aquos S2 is almost all screen.                  Screenshot by Daniel Van Boom

Announced on Tuesday in Beijing China Sharp's Aquos S2 is almost all screen. Screenshot by Daniel Van Boom

Announced in Beijing on Tuesday, the phone has a small chunk of bezel on the bottom, where its fingerprint scanner lives.

Sharp keeps making smartphones with incredible, nearly bezel-free displays, and today it's announcing another one: the Aquos S2.

Like the other phones we've seen in the past few months, the Sharp Aquos S2 ditches nearly all of the bezels, leaving thin borders around the sides and top.

Sharp Aquos S2 has only been released in China where prices for the handset start at $370. They appear to be on sale in China only, with pricing starting at ¥2499, or about $373 United States dollars.

The Aquos S2 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD display, which is packed in a small frame.

The Sharp Aquos S2 arrives with minimal bezels and a pair of dual cameras on the back. It only has a cut-out in the middle to house the front camera. Its screen-to-body ratio is as high as 84.95%, which makes the 5.5-inch display screen feel like a 5-inch screen body while being held. The Aquos S2 screen is made by technology IGZO and occupies 87.5% of the area of the front panel. 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. The front imager has an 8-megapixel 1.4um sensor with f/2.0 aperture, which is pretty good given how compact the module is. The Aquos S2 runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with the in-house Smile UX UI laid on top.

As we mentioned earlier, the smartphone comes in two different versions, based on their processing unit configurations: one variant with a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor clubbed with Adreno 508 GPU, 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM, & 64GB of native storage and the other with 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor paired with Adreno 512 GPU, 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM & 128GB of internal storage.

On the connectivity front, the Sharp Aquos S2 is a dual-SIM smartphone that accepts two Nano-SIM cards.

And on the back, the vertical dual camera is a dead ringer for the iPhone 8, if you believe all the recent rumors and leaks. The device measures 141.8 x 72.04 x 7.9mm and weighs 140 grams.

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