Sharp is expected to soon unveil, not one, but two bezel-less flagship smartphones. The news of the Japanese company working on a bezel-free design for smartphones emerged nearly a month ago. However, post initial leaks, there have not emerged many details surrounding the device. Finally, after many rumors, the first look at one of the upcoming smartphones is here. The first teaser seems to be inspired by Andy Rubin‘s Essential smartphone teaser. Also Read - Sharp Aquos Zero2 with 240Hz refresh rate, Android 10; Sense 3, Sense 3 Plus announcedAlso Read - Sharp allegedly launches world's lightest 6-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 845 SoC
The image shared by a Chinese user on the social networking site Weibo shows the top curve of the smartphone. Andy Rubin used the exact frame to give a first look at Essential Phone. The Sharp smartphone curve shows an edge-to-edge display. The frame of the smartphone is white, giving an idea of the colors the device will arrive in. Additionally, the volume rocker is situated on the right edge. Interestingly, Sharp has placed the front camera in what seems to be the center of the display. The cutout for the selfie camera is circular. Also Read - Sharp Aquos R2 Compact with two notches, Snapdragon 845 goes official in Japan
The image does not give any idea about any other sensors and their placement. The smartphone is modeled on the Essential Phone design, and the first glimpse is not surprising. It is unclear if just one or both the variants of the smartphone will come with the bezel-less display. The larger of the two will mostly come with the flagship like specifications and even if the smaller comes with a completely bezel-free design, the smartphone might compromise when it comes to the hardware or other specifications. ALSO READ: Sharp X1 Android One smartphone with 4-days battery backup launched: Price, specifications, features
In terms of similarities, both the smartphones will share a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2040×1080 pixels. Sharp will move the fingerprint scanner to the back of the device, under the camera module. It is unknown if the camera will be a single or a dual-camera setup. However, the rear camera is most likely to come with 12-megapixel sensors and the front camera with 8-megapixel selfie sensor. Additionally, both devices will run on Android Nougat OS out-of-the-box.
Coming to the hardware, one of the smartphones is likely to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB RAM. These are likely to be the specifications of the more premium model. The device will also come with 64GB RAM (with additional expandable memory card slot). The lesser variant will come with a more basic processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.
Sharp is said to be testing a new feature on both the smartphones for improved durability. The new design structure will enable the devices to withstand drops at all angles up to 1.5 meters from above the ground. The smartphones might also come with some form of dust and water resistant features, though nothing has been mentioned in leaks so far. The design does look interesting for now, though it is highly unlikely that the smartphone will come to India in the near future. It is most likely to be restricted to specific Asian markets.