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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Announced in the end of October and due out in mid-December 2016 is Sharp's next SIM-free phone, the Aquos SH-M04, also released as SH-M04-A, the difference being that the latter is sold with an AC adapter and microUSB cable.

Being SIM-free, this naturally means it is a low-spec device. Indeed, on the Aquos SH-M04 we find the octa-core Snapdragon...

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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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Scheduled for release in November 2016 is Docomo's Aquos Ever SH-02J, a device that utterly fails to impress.

The SH-02J is mid-range at best: it comes with a 5-inch IGZO display which guarantees long battery life - and indeed, it is advertised as capable of lasting "three days or more", of course depending on usage. The screen resolution is...

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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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Announced in October 2016, but released in February 2017, is a new smartphone for SoftBank nicknamed Aquos Xx3 mini.

The phone has a 4.7-inch FHD IGZO display (469 ppi), a 64-bit Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952 - 4 x 1.5 gHz and 4 x 1.2 Ghz) processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of onboard storage (expandable using microSDXC memory cards).

The...

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21 September 2016: Sharp launched the sales of the Robohon Sumaho smartphone-with-robot bundle, a limited 100 sets offer, at the - frankly - insane price of 224,640 Yen or 2,212 USD!

The bundled smartphone is a low-to-mid-range device of the EDGEST series - reduced top and sides bezel, a design that was abandoned in Sharp's 2016 collection. It features a non-IGZO,...

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Announced on 25 August 2016, the Sharp Z2 (FS8002) is a SIM-free smartphone launched for the Taiwanese market.

The Sharp Z2 comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display (401ppi) built using Sharp's advanced high-speed Low-temperature Polycrystalline Silicon (LTPS) technology offering a 120 Hz screen refresh rate. The device features a 2.5-dimensional glass design and a...

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The Sharp M1 is the third phone launching in Taiwan after the aquisition of the majority of Sharp shares by Taiwanese Hon Hai, a.k.a. Foxconn. This appears to be a mid-range smartphone utilising a display technology never before seen on a Sharp phone (the Z2 has it as well).

The Sharp M1 has a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p LTPS (Low-temperature Polycrystalline Silicon)...

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Released in late July 2016, the Y!Mobile (owned by Softbank) 507SH is a rebranding of the Aquos U SHV35 released last month for AU by KDDI.

The main difference, however, is that the 507SH is much less customised than any other Sharp or carrier-subsidised phone in Japan. It is in fact an Android One device centred around...

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