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Last updated: 10 May 2018 – 21:26

Alongside the high-end Aquos R2, Softbank have also announced the next iteration of their smartphone targeted at the elderly, the Simple Smartphone 4. As the name suggests, this is a low-end simplified smartphone whose idea is to facilitate use, not impress with cutting-edge specs.

The Simple Smartphone 4 comes with a 5.0-inch screen with a resolution of 1280...

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Last updated: 10 May 2018 – 06:30

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 will be offered in rose red, premium black, and platinum white. The release date will be sometime in early June.

The greatest novelty is the cameras – but unlike in other manufacturers where the...

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Last updated: 9 December 2017 – 12:50

To be released in mid-February 2018 is a new member of the Aquos sense series: the Aquos sense basic (702SH). This is advertised as a business-oriented smartphone.

The "basic" tag in the name signals two substantial changes from the other Aquos sense devices. First,...

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Last updated: 18 November 2017 – 13:50

The Aquos R compact was officially announced on 13 October 2017 and is advertised as "the most powerful premium compact model in Aquos history". It is due to be released in the Winter 2017 collection of Japanese carriers (late December). The first carrier to make it official is Softbank.

This is the first smartphone for the Japanese market to...

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Last updated: 24 November 2017 – 00:24

Softbank are the first to officially announce launching the Aqous R. Alongside the high-spec ugly-huge-bezel device, however, they have decided to also release a low-spec ugly-huge-bezel phone, too. Behold the Aquos ea (606SH*)!

Due to hit shelves in mid-July 2017, the Aquos ea looks exactly like the Aquos R,...

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Last updated: 30 January 2018 – 14:23

April 2017: Sharp have just announced their latest Samsung model... knock-off. Although weilding some amazing specs, the design lacks any individuality whatsoever and is a complete copy of your generic Samsung device, even down to the rounded button below the display – which also houses the fingerprint scanner.

The new device is dubbed Aquos R...

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Last updated: 4 December 2017 – 16:29

To be released in late October 2016 is SoftBank's latest iteration of the flip keitai, the Aquos Mobile 2.

It has the standard 3.4-inch display with QHD resolution (960 × 540 px) and of course an external miniature information display (0.9 inches/36 × 128 px). The main display supports Sharp's latest "Relax Image Quaility" feature that reduces blue...

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Last updated: 4 December 2017 – 16:31

Announced in October 2016, but released in February 2017, is a new smartphone for SoftBank nicknamed Aquos Xx3 mini (603SH).

The phone has a 4.7-inch FHD IGZO display (469 ppi), a 64-bit Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952 - 4 x 1.5 gHz and 4 x 1.2 Ghz) processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of onboard storage (expandable using microSDXC memory...

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Last updated: 18 December 2017 – 23:01

Sharp and Softbank have just announced the flagship of their Summer 2016 collection, the new Aquos iPhone... oops, sorry, I mean the new Aquos Xx3 506SH. In a new and natural form that they call "Comfort & Quality", blah-blah... "Oh, Sharp are trying to copy iPhone," I said to a friend when I saw the release announcement....

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Last updated: 9 March 2018 – 10:28

It has been a while since SoftBank released a flip phone – since the Premium 301SH in November 2013 – but it seems interest in the traditional style keitai is picking up, now that they use Android, albeit a heavily customised one, as its OS.

The new Aquos Mobile (AQUOS ケータイ) is released under the 501SH model name...

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