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Last updated: 16 May 2019 – 07:15

The Aquos Mobile SH-03L is the new iteration of the business-class secure camera-less feature phone. Its predecessor was the SH-02K, released in the Winter 2017/2018 collection.

This line of mobile phones is stripped of all entertainment functions and lacks a camera in order to be able to be used in maximum-security premises where you are now...

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Last updated: 8 May 2019 – 07:27

Behold! the new Aquos R3 has now arrived – with a new 5th-generation IGZO display and a new (finally) camera sensor. On Docomo, it is offered under the model name SH-04L.

There is no surprise in the design, however: the Aquos R3 is simply a larger version of last year's Aquos R2 compact. The dual-notch...

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Last updated: 17 October 2018 – 23:05

Sheduled for release in the spring of 2019, Docomo have announced their first flip keitai in a year and a half (the SH-02K came out at the end of November 2017).

Flip keitais are now traditionally low-spec and are not made to impress – their target market segment is those who can't or won't get used to large-screen smartphones.

The SH-02L has the...

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Last updated: 17 October 2018 – 22:46

Docomo have officially announced their version of the low-range Aquos sense2, codenamed SH-01L. Market release is scheduled for Winter 2018.

The Aquos sense2 SH-01L comes with a 5.5-inch IGZO panel with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (FHD+) and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The frame has been further decreased in comparison with...

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Last updated: 8 October 2018 – 11:30

Docomo has officially announced their Winter 2013/2014 collection too, and in it are four Sharp phones, including a flip keitai, and a Junior phone, whereas SoftBank only had two and AU had just one.

Behold the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-01F, the 5-inch flagship wielding the impressive Full HD resolution (440 ppi) and IGZO...

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Last updated: 20 June 2018 – 20:39

Scheduled for release in November 2016 is Docomo's Aquos Ever SH-02J, a device that utterly fails to impress.

The SH-02J is mid-range at best: it comes with a 5-inch IGZO display which guarantees long battery life – and indeed, it is advertised as capable of lasting "three days or more", of course depending on usage. The screen resolution...

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Last updated: 20 June 2018 – 20:00

Sharp and Docomo have just announced the flagship of their Summer 2016 collection, the new Aquos iPhone... oops, sorry, I mean the new Aquos Zeta SH-04H. 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: 16 May 2018 – 06:30

Docomo announced the Aquos R2 (SH-03K) for their Summer 2018 collection on 16 May. They will be offering it in premium black, platinum white, and coral pink.

The Aquos R2 greatest novelty is the cameras – but unlike in other manufacturers where the two sensors work together, the rear cameras on the Aquos R2 are independent – one is for movies...

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Last updated: 21 March 2018 – 07:54

The new Aquos Mobile SH-06G signals the complete switch to highly customised Android and the abandonment of the Symbian-based OS for Sharp's flip-keitais, the feature-righ phones that drew so many, myself included, to Japanese phones.

Unfortunately, this switch, commencing with AU's SHF31 last winter, continues the trend of rolling out rather low-spec phones,...

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Last updated: 21 March 2018 – 06:45

The Aquos Mobile SH-02K is part of the Winter 2017/2018 collection and is a business-class mobile phone (quite the opposite of "exciting" as in flagships). Like its predecessor, the SH-03H, it has no camera and no entertainment functions (e.g. OneSeg TV, social networking apps).

What the SH-02K has is security and durability...

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