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Last updated: 18 April 2019 – 07:50

The Aquos R3, Sharp's summer 2019 flagship, has now also appeared on the Softbank internal network.

In Japan's second largest carrier's list, the Aquos R3 has surfaced as manufacturer model APYHRO00273.

Next to nothing is known as yet but as details trickle away I will be updating this article.

The Aquos R3 will support the following range...

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Last updated: 26 January 2019 – 09:14

The Aquos Mobile 3 is Sharp's next iteration of the traditional foldable keitai for Softbank and its subsidiary Y!Mobile, where it's sold under the 806SH name. In fact this phone is identical to the SH-02L released on Docomo in mid-October 2018, only the Softbank/Y!Mobile version will reach stores in mid-April 2019.

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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: 9 January 2019 – 07:09

Quite unexpectedly, SoftBank announced today, 15 November 2018, a new smartphone for their Winter 2018/2019 collection – the Aquos R2 compact (Softbank model name 803SH). The phone is scheduled to hit shelves in Japan in mid-January 2019. It will also be available in a SIM-free version.

The Aquos...

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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: 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: 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: 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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