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Last updated: 11 December 2018 – 11:08

With sales scheduled to begin in mid-January 2018, here is a new Android One device by Sharp for both Softbank and the Softbank-owned carrier Y!Mobile, codenamed S3-SH.

The Android One S3 (S3-SH) is, as expected for the series, an entry-level smartphone that should meet the needs of those looking for a convenient and sturdy device that...

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Last updated: 11 December 2018 – 10:20

Rolling out in the end of June 2017 is another Android One* phone by Sharp and Softbank for use on the latter's MVNO network Y!Mobile, codenamed X1.

On the outside, the Android One X1 is an almost exact replica of the Aquos R flagship, down to even the colour range, the only difference being the printed brand names. The...

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Last updated: 8 December 2018 – 11:25

Following an announcement in mid-November, the Aquos Zero, which will be released exclusively on SoftBank's network in Japan, has now passed Taiwan's NCC certification. The phone's code name is SH-Z10. It is as yet unclear which operator(s) will be offering it. Reservations are expected to start in late December 2018, with the phone reaching shelves...

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Last updated: 4 December 2018 – 15:58

On 4 December 2018, Softbank announced the release of the next iteration of their Android One series, the Android One S5, codenamed S5-SH. The phone will also be available on Softbank's subsidiary, Y-Mobile. Sales are expected to begin late December 2018.

As is typical for this entry series Android devices, the S5 has nothing...

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Last updated: 17 November 2018 – 09:22

EXCLUSIVE: SoftBank are the only Japanese carrier to officially announce the Aquos Zero – codenamed 801SH. Sales are scheduled to begin in early December 2018. It was announced on 16 November 2018 that, on 27 November, the Aquos Zero will be presented officially in Taiwan and sell there. This means that the phone...

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Last updated: 15 November 2018 – 09:09

Quite unexpectedly, SoftBank announced today, 15 November 2018, a new smartphone for their Winter 2018/2019 collection – the Aquos R2 compact (possibly dubbed 802SH, but not yet confirmed). The phone is scheduled to hit shelves in Japan in mid-January 2019. It will also be available in a SIM-free version.

The...

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Last updated: 17 October 2018 – 23:05

Sheduled for release in the spring of 2019, Docomo are releasing their first flip keitai in a year and a half (the SH-02K came out at the end of November 2017).

Flip keitais are now traditionally low-spec and are not made to impress – their target market segment is those who can't or won't get used to large-screen smartphones.

The SH-02L has the...

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Last updated: 17 October 2018 – 22:46

Docomo have officially announced their version of the low-ramge Aquos Sense 2, codenamed SH-01L. Market release is scheduled for Winter 2018.

The Aquos Sense 2 SH-01L comes with a 5.5-inch IGZO panel with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (FHD+) and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The frame has been further decreased in comparison with...

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Last updated: 11 October 2018 – 08:59

Softbank are the first to have officially announced the Aquos R2 – just two days after Sharp did. The model name is 706SH.

The Softbank Aquos R2 is be offered in rose red, premium black, and platinum white. The release date was 8th June 2018.

Perhaps not surprisingly – the Aquos R2 has been selling quite well, placing Sharp as the No....

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Last updated: 11 October 2018 – 08:16

Sharp announced the low-end Aquos Sense 2 on 3rd October 2018, and AU by KDDI were the first to officially announce it just nine days later, codenamed SHV43, scheduled for release in early November.

The Aquos Sense 2 will also be available on UQ Mobile, which is an AU subsidiary.

The Aquos Sense 2 comes with a 5.5-inch IGZO...

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