Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint


SoftBank Corp. unveiled on Monday a new smartphone developed with U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp. to cut procurement costs and strengthen its product lineup.

Manufactured by Sharp Corp., the first handset developed with the third-largest U.S. mobile phone carrier goes on sale in Japan on Aug. 29 and is expected to hit the U.S. market soon, according to SoftBank.

With a 5-inch display, the Aquos Crystal boasts a thin frame and comes with a high-quality wireless speaker, according to the telecom company.

“With the expansion of a procurement scale, we can provide competitive devices with our own specification,” said Maki Tahara, head of marketing strategy at SoftBank Mobile Corp., the firm’s mobile phone services provider, at a news conference in Tokyo.

  • Sora

    Great, with more people (hopefully) using sharp, more ways to root, cuz sharp has a very locked down boatloader, (I’m sure softbank insists upon it)
    But sharp really needs to be more diligent with os updates if it wants to compete outside of Japan…1 update in 3 years isn’t going to cut it.