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Last updated: 6 February 2019 – 12:11

The SIM-free version of the Aquos R2 compact has now been offically announced, with sales starting 21 February 2019.

The only difference between the Softbank version (803SH) is the colour options, limited as usual: deep white and pure black.

The Aquos R2 compact has the world's first double-notch display and...

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Last updated: 23 December 2018 – 12:12

The SH-M08 is the SIM-free version of the Aquos Sense 2 that appeared earlier on Docomo and AU by KDDI. This SIM-free version can be used with any of the virtual mobile network operators in Japan (and the world over, of course).

Rakuten Mobile, one such VMNO, has already announced it will be offering the SH-M08, releasing...

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Last updated: 1 September 2018 – 11:02

The Asian Aquos S3 has finally been released officially (31st August 2018) and is now available to buy in Germany and other EU countries under the name Sharp Aquos D10. This release comes very late as the phone is now one year old and its specifications fail to impress, even at the relatively low price of 399 euro.

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Last updated: 21 July 2018 – 11:03

Sharp phones are beginning to sell in Europe – the models have now been officially listed on the European website of Sharp's representative in Europe, SKYTEC UMC Management s. r. o.

The higher model is the Aquos C10, which is a modded version of the Aquos S2 that was launched in China and South-East Asia in September 2017. The...

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Last updated: 13 July 2018 – 17:07

The second Sharp phone to see official launch on European markets is neither Sharp, nor impressive in any way. The Sharp B10 is designed and made by Foxconn's subsidiary FIH Mobile and was announced in April 2018 for Vietnam under the name A2 Lite.

The Sharp B10 is a low-end device with 5.7-inch HD+ screen (720 x 1440 px) and...

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Last updated: 14 June 2018 – 12:39

Alongside the Aquos R2, Sharp have also announced the SIM-free Aquos Sense Plus – the next iteration in their mid-range series that was renamed Aquos Sense in 2017. The model name is SH-M07.

The Aquos Sense Plus has an IGZO dipslay measuring 5.5 inches with a resolution of 2160...

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Last updated: 9 March 2018 – 10:23

The Aquos SH-M02, scheduled for 20th October 2015, is the second smartphone by Sharp that is not tied to any operator (released SIM-free) and is actually an MVNO release of the Aquos Ever SH-04G that came out in the summer of 2015.

Sadly, Sharp's MVNO phones are a tad underwhelming (consider the first SIM-free phone, the...

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Last updated: 11 February 2018 – 19:16

On 5th December 2014, Sharp released their first truly SIM-free phone for Japan, the Aquos SH-M01. It looks, and actually is, the exact same machine that Docomo released in February 2014, the Aquos Phone EX SH-02F.

The display is 4.5 inches, full HD (1920 x 1080px or a pixel density...

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Last updated: 11 January 2018 – 12:01

Following the launch of the Aquos R Compact on the AU and the SoftBank networks, Japan's first smartphone to utilise a free-form display was also announced as a SIM-free device under the model name SH-M06 and will be available in late January 2018. 

Advertised as "the most powerful premium compact model in Aquos history", the Aquos...

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Last updated: 17 December 2017 – 13:38

Just released (end of June 2016) is Sharp's third SIM-free phone, dubbed the Aquos mini SH-M03. Similarly to the previous two MVNO phones, this one is again the "lower" model, not the flagship, and it is a rebranding of last season's model, the SHV33 on AU, the Aquos Xx2 mini 503SH on Softbank, or Aquos Compact SH-02H on Docomo.

The...

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