Samsung might be calling their near-bezeless Galaxy S8 screen the “Infinity display”, but it might be time to rethink that name, because Sharp is set to launch two devices in mid-July which go to infinity.. and beyond.
The Sharp FS8016 and FS8010 (catchy, right?) are a new set of handsets from the manufacturer which manage to make the entire front side of the phone into a single sheet of glass. They both come in 5.5″ variants and pack resolutions of 2048 x 1080p. With 12MP and 8MP dual cameras and 4/6GB of RAM you might think these are pretty high-end devices, though they are housing some different processors than you might expect.
The FS8016 is sporting a Snapdragon 660 while the FS8010 houses a Snapdragon 330, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In performance tests the 660 came very close to the flagship Snapdragon 835, so this thing should do the device justice. As for the Snapdragon 330.. we’ll just have to see how this thing handles once it actually hits the market.
The announcement isn’t too much of a surprise coming from Sharp, who shocked everyone way back in 2014 with the release of the Aquos Crystal, which utilized a bezeless top half of the device and housed the front camera and speaker near the bottom. Though this design looks a bit dated now compared to things like the Xaiomi Mi Mix, Galaxy S8, and more, it was quite revolutionary for the time, and it’s good to see Sharp bursting back into the public eye with another industry first.
Do the images of the device interest you? We can only hope that more manufacturers adopt this kind of styling in the future as we move towards a totally bezel-free world.