Sharp Aquos S2 is iPhone 8 on Revu Philippines by Engadget

Sharp Aquos S2 could be what the Apple iPhone 8 looks like

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THE iPhone 8 is likely set to make an appearance in September. And though the much-anticipated Apple smartphone has yet to make an official appearance, one doesn’t have to look too hard to get a glimpse of what it may look like.

However, it appears one brand has beaten the American tech giant to the punch as far as launching a phone with a full-screen display and a vertical dual-camera alignment. (Not that the latter is something any manufacturer should be proud of.) Enter the Sharp Aquos S2, which debuted recently in China.

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The biggest talking point here is also the most obvious: display. The 5.5-inch, 2K screen has almost zero bezels on the top and on either side. There’s a small cutout for the selfie camera, sure, but otherwise? This is about as bezel-less a screen as you can get today. The internals of the phone’s sensors and front-facing camera — they have to go somewhere, right?

Sharp Aquos S2 is iPhone 8 on Revu Philippines

The biggest talking point here is also the most obvious: display.

Most leaks suggest this year’s iPhone will feature a nearly bezel-less design without a physical home button and with just the right amount of space to fit the secondary camera and earpiece. If accurate, the next iPhone would look prettier, as the front-mounted fingerprint reader of the Sharp Aquos 2 takes away from the aesthetic appeal of a borderless handset.

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Round the back, it has two cameras arranged vertically, with the flash positioned below the two lenses. Unlike the rumored iPhone 8, though, they haven’t been made to sit almost flush with a rear glass panel that curves along all four edges. The cameras are equipped with 12- and 8-megapixel sensors, while the front cam is 8 megapixels.

As for the specs, the Sharp Aquos 2 is said to be the first smartphone to ship with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 630 system-on-a-chip, which is produced using a 14-nanometer process for improved performance and efficiency. It supports the latest Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 standard over a Type-C connector.

A top-end version sporting a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip is also available and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (the regular variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM). Both editions have a custom interface on tap based on Android Nougat. Pricing is set at 2,499 yuan (about P18,900 or $373) or 2,799 yuan (P21,200 or $418), depending on the hardware configuration.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.