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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: 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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Last updated: 10 March 2018 – 12:08

The Aquos Xx2 mini is the smaller device Sharp are releasing in SoftBank's Winter 2015/2016 collection. It is the same as the Docomo Aquos Compact SH-02H, only rebranded.

The Aquos Xx2 mini (503SH) has very narrow top and size bezel (EDGEST series) to ensure maximum screen surface for its 4.7-inch Full...

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Last updated: 10 March 2018 – 12:11

Sharp have just announced their additions to the Softbank Winter 2015/16 collection, earlier than typical for previous years, but just a week after announcing their Docomo devices. If you've seen the Docomo SH-01H and SH-02H, then you've also seen the Softbank Aquos Xx2 and Aquos Xx2 mini because they are, essentially, the...

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Last updated: 10 March 2018 – 15:23

Now, that's the real beast in the SoftBank's Summer 2015 collection! Behold the Aquos Xx 404SH: a 5.7-inch full HD screen utilising the S-CG Silicon LCD technology for reduced power consumption, and the truly narrow-frame design of the EDGEST series. Personally, I don't think anything more than 1080 x 1920 pixels is justified on a mobile screen, so...

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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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Last updated: 14 February 2018 – 19:26

In July 2015, the exact same phone now rebranded as Aquos Crystal Y, was released on Y! Mobile (former Willcom, now owned by SoftBank).

The Aquos Crystal X (SoftBank 402SH) is the second of two Sharp smartphones to be available in both Japan and the USA, in a sort of international release campaign,...

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Last updated: 14 February 2018 – 19:32

Sold from 29th August 2014 in both Japan and the USA (on Sprint), the Aquos Crystal is the first of two Sharp smartphones to see international release, also marking the completion of SoftBank's acquisition of US carrier Sprint.

In Japan, on SoftBank, the phone model is 305SH, whereas in the USA, on Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile, the model is 306SH....

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Last updated: 3 August 2017 – 00:12

SoftBank and Sharp have announced the first of the Summer 2014 models (on sale in late May), the Aquos Xx 304SH. And one superb gadget it seems to be.

The Aquos Xx 304SH is of the EDGEST series – having a very thin bezel and allowing the display to occupy 78% of the phone's surface. The 5.2-inch display has a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)...

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Last updated: 1 January 1970 – 02:00

The Aquos Phone Xx mini 303SH is the other new addition to Sharp and SoftBank's Winter 2013/2014 collection. But don't be misled by the "mini" monicker - it is only "mini" in comparison with the Aquos Phone Xx 303SH's 5.2 inches. The "mini" was officially released in mid-April 2014.

The 303SH comes with a 4.5-inch display...

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