It feels like every time you turn around the corner a new smartphone hits the market, and today electronics maker Sharp has a new one to show off. We’ve written before, this seems to be the future of smartphone design, Samsung’s S8, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8, the Essential phone and, the latest kid on the block is: the Aquos S2. This is a phone that you might never get to hold due to its limited availability and may not be launched internationally.
The S2 looks like the exact average of a flashy phone in 2017. It spots a 5.5-inch 2K screen that wraps around the front camera cutout. Unlike the S8 that tried to balance the top and bottom bezels, and the only real bezel is at the bottom of the display, where there’s room for a home button. Home button aside, the phone bears a strong resemblance to the Essential Phone, which was really the first to promote this style — even if it isn’t actually on the market yet.
Unlike recent smartphone designs, Sharp has a new screen trick up its display sleeve: focus your eyes at the top corners of the display. A typical phone would have perfectly square or rounded corners. But for some reason, Sharp has chosen to chop off the S2’s corners.
Curved display corners are sometimes made by covering up cut-off corners like what Sharp has made — that’s exactly what LG does with the G6, supposedly to make the display more impervious to cracking during a drop. So while Sharp is really offering more display area here by not covering it up, the actual look of it is a bit strange.
The S2 has a camera unit that looks an awful lot like what everyone is expecting to see on the next iPhone. It comes with the latest dual-camera setup, with two f/1.75 lenses, placed vertically in the corner of the phone with the flash beneath them. That’s not to say that Sharp is borrowing from two unreleased phones, so much as the S2 seems to represent the median of many of this year’s phone trends.
Let the looks not fool you, this is a not a very high-end phone at least when it comes to its pricing. The S2 is a distinctly midrange device. It comes in two models: the “standard edition” has a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, and the “high edition” has a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Both models have a 3,020mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and run the least Android software. They appear to be on sale in China only, with pricing starting at ¥2499, or about $373 USD.