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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: 9 April 2019 – 11:10

It's less than a month and docomo will announce their Summer 2019 collection, with the Sharp flagship occupying a leading position in it. Rumours have been circulating about the next Aquos R – this time, the Aquos R3, as Sharp reserved the name as a trade mark a month ago.

In the docomo list, the Aquos R3 will be named SH-04L, and the manufacturer model...

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Last updated: 3 April 2019 – 06:29

Starting 9 April 2019, Sharp will be selling a SIM-free version of the Aquos Zero, code-named SH-M10.

Even six months after the original announcement, the Aquos Zero continues to be the world's lightest smartphone having a screen of 6 inches or more, weighing 146 grams....

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Last updated: 6 February 2019 – 12:11

The SIM-free version of the Aquos R2 compact has now been offically announced, with sales starting 21 February 2019.

The only difference between the Softbank version (803SH) is the colour options, limited as usual: deep white and pure black.

The Aquos R2 compact has the world's first double-notch display and...

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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: 26 January 2019 – 09:04

The SH-03L is a new device pending announcement for Docomo. It has received certification from Japan's telecom engineering centre, TELEC, but barely anything is known about it.

The supported radio frequencies are:
FDD-LTE: 2100 (B1) / 1800 (B3) / 800 (B19) MHz
W-CDMA 2100 (I) / 800 (VI / XIX) MHz

It only has a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (b/g/n), which...

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Last updated: 23 December 2018 – 12:12

The SH-M08 is the SIM-free version of the Aquos Sense 2 that appeared earlier on Docomo and AU by KDDI. This SIM-free version can be used with any of the virtual mobile network operators in Japan (and the world over, of course).

Rakuten Mobile, one such VMNO, has already announced it will be offering the SH-M08, releasing...

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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 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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