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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 805SH/806SH is what appears to be a single device pending release on SoftBank's network and has received certification from Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

It supports the following radio frequencies:

FDD-LTE 2100 (B1) / 1800 (B3) / 900 (B8) MHz

W-CDMA 2100 (I) / 900 (VIII) MHz.

Wi-Fi connectivity is only...

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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: 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: 23 December 2018 – 19:01

In the end of June 2011, AU KDDI and IIDA released a wonderful new smartphone produced by Sharp, the Infobar A01.

While the hardware is the same as that of DoCoMo's SH-12C and SoftBank's 006SH, what is truly impressive is the customized user interface (UI) running on top of Android 2.3.3.

To design the phone and its UI interface, a team...

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Last updated: 23 December 2018 – 18:46

Sharp's latest Android device for the Japanese market comes out branded for carrier AU KDDI (on 18 October 2010). The slab device has a 3.5-inch screen with the enormous resolution of 960 x 640 pixels and a secondary display measuring 40 x 208 pixels below it employing Sharp's Mimory technology, which will memorise the most frequently used shortcuts and display them...

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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: 18 December 2018 – 12:20

AU KDDI announced their version of the Aquos R, codenamed SHV39, on 30.05.2017.

The AU Aquos R SHV39 supports the following radio bands:
4G LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 18/26), 1.7 GHz (Band 3), 2 GHz (Band 1), 3.5 GHz (Band 42)
WiMAX 2+
3G: 2 GHz (Band I)
GSM: standard frequencies.

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Last updated: 11 December 2018 – 11:08

With sales scheduled to begin in mid-January 2018, here is a new Android One device by Sharp for both Softbank and the Softbank-owned carrier Y!Mobile, codenamed S3-SH.

The Android One S3 (S3-SH) is, as expected for the series, an entry-level smartphone that should meet the needs of those looking for a convenient and sturdy device that...

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Last updated: 11 December 2018 – 10:20

Rolling out in the end of June 2017 is another Android One* phone by Sharp and Softbank for use on the latter's MVNO network Y!Mobile, codenamed X1.

On the outside, the Android One X1 is an almost exact replica of the Aquos R flagship, down to even the colour range, the only difference being the printed brand names. The...

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