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Last updated: 18 April 2019 – 07:50

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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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: 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.

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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: 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: 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: 19 July 2018 – 09:53

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: 5 June 2018 – 07:37

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: 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: 17 March 2018 – 05:53

The first of two smartphones Sharp have launched on SoftBank in their Summer 2015 collection is the Aquos Crystal 2 (403SH), which is the successor of the Aquos Crystal of last year.

The Aquos Crystal 2, released in July 2015, is again a mid-range model: it is powered by a Snapdragon 800 (MSM8926), an entry-level quad-core processor...

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