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Last updated: 28 September 2021 – 15:11

Behold, the world's lightest smartphone, at 146 grams, the Aquos zero6!

The magnesium alloy inner frame, thin back panel, and thinner front glass, help the Aquos zero6 retain its leadership. Last year's Aquos zero5G was 182 grams, which was a significant increase from the 143 grams of the Aquos zero2 and the 146 grams of the first model of the...

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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: 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: 23 June 2021 – 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: 9 June 2021 – 11:22

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: 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: 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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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: 26 February 2021 – 09:58

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 began in late December 2018.

As is typical for this entry series Android devices, the S5 has nothing to impress...

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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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