Sharp’s Bezelless Phone Will Have an On Screen Fingerprint Sensor

Whenever you think of an idea or concept, chances are someone else thought of it before you did.

Before the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi and LG jumped on the bezel-less ship, Sharp had already tested the waters with its Aquos Crystal smartphone. It wasn’t technically “bezel-less” (had a large chin) but Sharp does get credit for pioneering the design.

Sharp Aquos S2

Sharp’s upcoming Aquos S2 phone will reportedly come with the smallest bezels ever. Not only that, Sharp claims it will come with a 84.95% screen-to-body ratio, beating the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 (83.6%), S8+ (84%) and Xiaomi Mi Mix (83.6%).

Sharp’s Upcoming Phone Concept

Like Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, there’ll be an awkwardly-placed camera at the top of the phone, which hinders a flush design. According to Sharp the front camera is there as the notification bar displays almost no content at that location.

While there isn’t enough room on the front to place a fingerprint sensor (understandably), Sharp hasn’t voted to place it on the back.

On-Screen Fingerprint Scanner

Rather, it is integrated into the display itself. That means Sharp has once again managed to beat bigger names like Samsung and Apple, the latter of which is rumored to be working on a similar solution for the iPhone 8.

Integrated fingerprint scanners are long-considered one of the more futuristic elements with even Vivo working on something similar.

It’s still refreshing to see a relatively-small player making innovations. Somewhere in the future, Sharp plans to make phones with a 100% screen-to-body ratio, but that seems like a distant goal.

Hardware and Specifications

The rest of the specs for the Aquos S2 reportedly include a Snapdragon 630 or 660 processor, 4 or 6 GB RAM, dual 12 MP back cameras, an 8 MP front camera. The display measures 5.5-inches with an unknown resolution.

Sharp is launching the phone later this week, watch this space for any updates.