Sharp keeps manufacturing smartphones with incrediblealmost bezel-free displays, and today it’s proclaiming a different one: the Aquos S2.

The S2 seems like the accurate average of a showy phone in 2017. It has a 5.5-inch 2K screen those censorships around the front camera pattern, and the merely authentic bezel is at the underneath of the demonstration, where there’s room for a home button. Home button sideways, the phone allows a brawny similarity to the Essential Phone, which was actually the first to encourage this approach — even if it isn’t in reality on the market up till now.

There is one extremely strange peculiarity on the front of the phone, though: look at the peak corners of the display. A archetypal phone would have completely square corners. And newly, smartphones have been switching over to slightly rounded corners. But for a number of reasons, Sharp has selected to cut off the S2’s corners.

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone may have wowed us through its edge-to-edge display just now, but let’s not fail to remember that Sharp has been pouring this plan through numerous of its previous Android phones — 28 of them, to be accurate. Today, the Japanese brand revealed its 29th release dubbed AQUOS S2 which, amusingly sufficient, seems rather recognizable. From afar, the S2’s screen and the Essential Phone’s screen split the similar front-camera indentation at the peak; excluding the former is a smaller 5.5-inch section through a somewhat lower 2,040 x 1,080 resolution. The more distinguished dissimilarity here is how the corners at the peak shows to be hurriedly orderly, which is a bit of a disappointment, but at least you’re still receiving a pleasant 135-percent sRGB gamut plus handy 550-nit intensity.

The year 2017 will go downward in record for being the opening of the conclusion for bezels. Who wants ’em anyway? Samsung, LG, Apple, and others are doing the whole thing probable to get rid of that entire idle gap on the front of their phones, but Sharp has been tinkering through the bezel-free loom for a little time. Keep in mind the Aquos Crystal from an only some years ago? Now, sharp has revealed the Aquos S2, which stands an outstanding similarity to the Essential Phone.

Curved demonstrate corners are occasionally completed by casing up cut-off corners like what Sharp has finished — that’s exactly what LG does with the G6, allegedly to build the display more resistant to break throughout a drop. So while Sharp is in fact contributing further display region here by not layering it up, the definite look of it is a bit odd.

On the rear, the S2 has a camera unit that seems an dreadful lot like what everybody is expecting to perceive on the next iPhone. It’s a dual-camera system, through two f/1.75 lenses, placed perpendicularly in the corner of the phone through the flash underneath them. That’s not to speak that Sharp is making use of from two unreleased phones, so much as the S2 appears to signify the middle of numerous of this year’s phone inclination.

It’s vague which other markets will the AQUOS S2 go into, but for now, Sharp is by now taking pre-orders in China. The typical model through Snapdragon 630, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is cost at 2,499 yuan (about $370), and its available in black, white, blue or mint green. The finest model due to disembark afterward is inquiring for 3,499 yuan (about $520) and packs a Snapdragon 660, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage plus the abovementioned “3D” glass back, but it doesn’t have the mint green choice.

This phone seems fancy, but inside it’s comparatively self-effacing. There are normal and first-class descriptions of the phone. Both contain a 3,020mAh battery, dual cameras, and the bezel-free plan. The cheaper model has a Snapdragon 630 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage space. The additional luxurious one includes a Snapdragon 660, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage space.