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Last updated: 20 April 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: 17 April 2018 – 07:30

The Aquos sense series was also launched by MVNO operator UQ Mobile (a 100% owned subsidiary of KDDI Corporation) – on 22 November 2017. The phone does not have a model name of its own, like it has for AU, SoftBank, Docomo, and even the SIM-free SH-M05, which is why we'll refer to is as the Aquos sense UQ.

There are almost no differences...

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Last updated: 14 April 2018 – 11:11

8 August 2017: The Sharp Aquos S2 has finally been announced officially and comes, as expected, in two versions – the "standard", FS8010, and the "high-specs", FS8016. The difference between the two models is mainly in the processor and RAM/ROM (read below).

The Sharp Aquos S2 is made by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, and doesn't really qualify...

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Last updated: 14 April 2018 – 10:15

FIH Mobile have just announced a new Sharp-branded device, the Sharp A2 Lite.

This is a low-end smartphone with 5.7-inch HD+ screen (720 x 1440 px) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. A 2.5D glass is installed ontop.

The A2 Lite is powered by a quadcore MediaTek MT6737T processor (4 x 1.3 GHz), 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB built-in storage.

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Last updated: 5 April 2018 – 07:45

The new Aquos U SHV37 is AU's version of Docomo's Aquos Ever SH-02J, and is scheduled for release in late November 2016. It is also identical to the Aquos L released by QU Mobile – an MVNO operator wholly owned by KDDI.

The SHV37 is a mid-range smartphone that comes with a 5-inch IGZO display which guarantees...

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Last updated: 5 April 2018 – 07:44

It is funny how one day you win a Best Design award with your smartphones, and the next day you release something that lacks any individuality, something that looks almost exactly like the iPhone and the bulk of slab devices out there. The wave of no-uniqueness has hit AU as well and they are releasing their branded version of the SH-04H on Docomo and Aquos Xx3 on Softbank.

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Last updated: 27 March 2018 – 08:05

The Aquos S3 (FS8032) has finally been announced, first in Taiwan, one day ahead of the advertised 28th April announcement in Vietnam.

The Aquos S3 has a 5.99-inch screen with a 18:9 ratio and a Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 px, giving it a ratio of 91% of the device's total surface area...

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Last updated: 23 March 2018 – 15:00

Finally, over two months after the date initially scheduled for announcement (16 January 2018), the Aquos S3 mini is a fact. For a while, leaks on the Google Play supported devices list had us believe the phone had been renamed to Aquos V1 mini, apparently not the case, now that it was officially announced on 22 March. Sales will begin (in China) on...

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Last updated: 21 March 2018 – 07:54

The new Aquos Mobile SH-06G signals the complete switch to highly customised Android and the abandonment of the Symbian-based OS for Sharp's flip-keitais, the feature-righ phones that drew so many, myself included, to Japanese phones.

Unfortunately, this switch, commencing with AU's SHF31 last winter, continues the trend of rolling out rather low-spec phones,...

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Last updated: 21 March 2018 – 06:45

The Aquos Mobile SH-02K is part of the Winter 2017/2018 collection and is a business-class mobile phone (quite the opposite of "exciting" as in flagships). Like its predecessor, the SH-03H, it has no camera and no entertainment functions (e.g. OneSeg TV, social networking apps).

What the SH-02K has is security and durability – it is the only type...

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