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Last updated: 20 April 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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Last updated: 17 April 2018 – 07:30

The Aquos sense series was also launched by MVNO operator UQ Mobile (a 100% owned subsidiary of KDDI Corporation) – on 22 November 2017. The phone does not have a model name of its own, like it has for AU, SoftBank, Docomo, and even the SIM-free SH-M05, which is why we'll refer to is as the Aquos sense UQ.

There are almost no differences...

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Last updated: 5 April 2018 – 07:45

The new Aquos U SHV37 is AU's version of Docomo's Aquos Ever SH-02J, and is scheduled for release in late November 2016. It is also identical to the Aquos L released by QU Mobile – an MVNO operator wholly owned by KDDI.

The SHV37 is a mid-range smartphone that comes with a 5-inch IGZO display which guarantees...

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Last updated: 5 April 2018 – 07:44

It is funny how one day you win a Best Design award with your smartphones, and the next day you release something that lacks any individuality, something that looks almost exactly like the iPhone and the bulk of slab devices out there. The wave of no-uniqueness has hit AU as well and they are releasing their branded version of the SH-04H on Docomo and Aquos Xx3 on Softbank.


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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 – it is the only type...

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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: 16 March 2018 – 11:19

The Aquos Phone sv SH-10D appears to be the smaller brother of the SH-09D from the Summer 2012 DoCoMo collection. The "sv" in the model name stands for "Super Viewer".

The SH-10D features a 4.5-inch CG-Silicon display with HD resolution (1280 x 720) and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor. It has...

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Last updated: 15 March 2018 – 07:29

Working with emerging Japanese data operator, EMOBILE, Sharp made another Windows Mobile 5 device for the operator's market debut, the EM ONE, model name S01SH. Released in May 2007, the device has a 4.1 inch WVGA (800 x 480 px) Mobile Advanced Super View (ASV) display, boasting the impressive 160° viewing angles in all directions. The...

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Last updated: 13 March 2018 – 23:03

Launched in July 2007, behold the next W-ZERO3 advanced [es], model number WS011SH.

This advanced W-ZERO3 smartphone sports a 3-inch Mobile ASV LCD display (the same type as found on Aquos TVs) with a WVGA resolution (800 x 480 px). The typical mobile phone in 2007 had a QVGA (320 x 240 px) display, which makes the resolution...

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