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Last updated: 18 July 2021 – 10:56

Without any prior advertising, SoftBank have announced and released a new phone called LEITZ PHONE 1, on sale from 16 July 2021. But what is it?

This is an "we'll give you the same components, you make a different design" exercise played by Leica Camera's own design...

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Last updated: 18 May 2021 – 11:38

Sharp Japan announced their 2021 flagship on 17 May, with a slight delay. This long-awaited announcement did indeed manage to surprise.

While every other manufacturer is scrambling to put more and more camera sensors on their phones – and so had Sharp for their older flagships and current mid-range phones – this Aquos R6 comes with one sensor. But...

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Last updated: 3 February 2021 – 17:02

SoftBank's variant of the Aquos sense5G is now open for reservations under model name A004SH. It is slated for release on 10 February 2021.

Outwardly, the Aquos sense5G is nearly identical to the base model Aquos sense4 – the differences are all under the hood.

The Aquos sense5G comes with a 5.8-inch display with...

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Last updated: 2 October 2020 – 10:40

SoftBank are the second Japanese carrier to announce the Aquos zero5G basic in its line-up, with sales scheduled to begin on 9 October 2020 under the model name Aquos zero5G basic A002SH. It will be available in black and blue – but in the less powerful variant: 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM, unlike the version launched by AU, which has 8 GB/128...

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Last updated: 18 August 2020 – 13:42

Softbank have announced the A001SH, which is the fifth device in the Simple Smartphone series – designed with elderly people in mind.

This Simple-Sumaho5 has a 5.5-inch IGZO display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 px. Sharp's Rich Color Technology Mobile ensures wide colour gamut and accurate colour-mapping for vivid and beautiful but also close to real...

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Last updated: 30 March 2021 – 10:00

SoftBank is the first Japanese carrier to officially announce availability of the Aquos R5G, which Sharp announced less than 3 weeks earlier (17th February 2020). The first Japanese 5G device will sell under model name 908SH.

The Aquos R5G is capable of 5G connectivity and 8K video recording.

The 5th Generation IGZO display has a diagonal...

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Last updated: 27 January 2021 – 06:52

While SoftBank were the first and only operator to announce the first of Sharp's OLED screen phones, the Aquos zero, last year, they are now the last one to do this. But they have and the Aquos zero2 is coming to Japan's second largest operator towards the end of January 2020.

The Aquos zero2 (906SH) sets a new display...

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Last updated: 7 July 2021 – 07:34

The Aquos sense3 plus will also be sold by SoftBank, under model name 901SH, as part of their Winter 2019/2020 collection, with sales scheduled to begin in December 2019.

The Aquos sense3 plus is slightly larger than the Aquos sense3 basic/lite – adding half an inch to its 5.5" display,...

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Last updated: 4 August 2020 – 06:47

SoftBank is releasing the "basic" version of the Aquos sense3, which is the most stripped down of the three available. This is actually advertised as a corporate version and is scheduled to reach the shops in mid-November 2019 and is codenamed 907SH.

The Aquos sense3 basic main selling point is its ability to last one week...

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Last updated: 5 April 2021 – 08:50

Softbank is the first Japanese carrier to officially release the new Aquos R3 in their Summer 2019 collection, just two days after Sharp's announcement. The phone will start selling in late May.

The Aquos R3 (808SH) comes with a new 5th-generation IGZO display and a new (finally) camera sensor.

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