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Last updated: 17 October 2018 – 23:05

Sheduled for release in the spring of 2019, Docomo are releasing 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: 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: 9 March 2018 – 10:28

It has been a while since SoftBank released a flip phone – since the Premium 301SH in November 2013 – but it seems interest in the traditional style keitai is picking up, now that they use Android, albeit a heavily customised one, as its OS.

The new Aquos Mobile (AQUOS ケータイ) is released under the 501SH model name...

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Last updated: 7 February 2018 – 11:12

Released in late February 2016, the Aquos SH-03H is a strictly-for-business traditional keitai: it lacks camera and entertainment functions, but lays a strong emphasis on security and durability.

The SH-03H is the phone you can bring with in one of those factories and offices where camera equipment is not allowed. It also lacks OneSeg and SNS applications...

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Last updated: 4 December 2017 – 16:29

To be released in late October 2016 is SoftBank's latest iteration of the flip keitai, the Aquos Mobile 2.

It has the standard 3.4-inch display with QHD resolution (960 × 540 px) and of course an external miniature information display (0.9 inches/36 × 128 px). The main display supports Sharp's latest "Relax Image Quaility" feature that reduces blue...

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Last updated: 4 December 2017 – 16:26

Released on 21st October 2016 is Docomo's latest iteration of the flip keitai, the Aquos Mobile SH-01J.

It has the standard 3.4-inch display with QHD resolution (960 × 540 px) and of course an external miniature information display (0.9 inches/36 × 128 px). The main display supports Sharp's latest "Relax Image Quaility"...

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Last updated: 4 December 2017 – 16:19

This December 2016 Sharp are releasing their first SIM-free flip-keitai, the Aquos Mobile SH-N01.

Other than the name, and perhaps relieved from the operator pre-installed bloatware, this is the exact same phone as the Aquos Mobile SH-01J on Docomo, the Aquos Mobile 2 on SoftBank and the Aquos Mobile...

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