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Last updated: 21 July 2019 – 15:15

AU by KDDI is the second Japanese carrier to officially announce the new Aquos R3 for the Summer 2019 collection. The model name is SHV44.

The Aquos R3 comes with a new 5th-generation IGZO display and a new (finally) camera sensor.

There is no surprise in the design, however: the Aquos...

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Last updated: 10 July 2019 – 09:42

Following the launch of the Aquos R Compact on the AU and the SoftBank networks, Japan's first smartphone to utilise a free-form display was also announced as a SIM-free device under the model name SH-M06 and will be available in late January 2018. 

Advertised as "the most powerful premium compact model in Aquos history", the Aquos...

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Last updated: 10 July 2019 – 09:41

Scheduled for release in early December 2017, the Aquos sense lite SH-M05 is the SIM-free version of the Aquos sense model first announced by AU KDDI under the monicker SHV40, then by Docomo named SH-01K, and finally by Softbank as the Aquos sense basic.

The Aquos sense lite is a mid-range device...

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Last updated: 2 July 2019 – 10:00

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: 23 June 2019 – 14:50

The Aquos R compact was officially announced on 13 October 2017 and is advertised as "the most powerful premium compact model in Aquos history". It is due to be released in the Winter 2017 collection of Japanese carriers (late December). The first carrier to make it official is Softbank.

This is the first smartphone for the Japanese market to...

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Last updated: 21 June 2019 – 09:18

The Aquos R compact is also to launch on the AU network, sales starting in late-December.

Advertised as "the most powerful premium compact model in Aquos history", this is the first smartphone for the Japanese market to utilise Sharp's free-form displays (that were showcased as early as mid-2014), beaten by at least three months by...

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Last updated: 18 June 2019 – 10:29

The SH-M08 is the SIM-free version of the Aquos sense2 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: 11 June 2019 – 08:25

Scheduled for release in early November 2017, the Aquos sense SHV40 by AU KDDI is a mid-range device with little to set it apart from the rest of mid-range Aquos phones. It continues the now-traditional, eye-displeasing and uncomfortable huge-bezel design that makes me wonder if Sharp designers are intentionally trying to bankrupt the company's...

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Last updated: 28 May 2019 – 06:23

Sharp announced the low-end Aquos sense2 on 3rd October 2018, and AU by KDDI were the first to officially announce it just nine days later, codenamed SHV43, releasing it in early November.

In mid-May 2019, a simplified version of the SHV43 was announced under the name Aquos sense2 Easy SHV43, sales scheduled to begin after mid-June 2019. The...

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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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