Announced in October 2016, but released in February 2017, is a new smartphone for SoftBank nicknamed Aquos Xx3 mini (603SH).

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...

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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...

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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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The Aquos P1 is the first phone Sharp are making for the Taiwan market in a few years' time. The phone's debut was in early July 2016.

The Sharp Aquos P1 is but a rebranding of the most recent iPhone-look-alikes released in Japan under the Aquos Xx3 on SoftBank, Aquos SH-04H on Docomo, and Aquos Serie SHV34 on AU.

It comes with a 5.3-inch...

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Just released (end of June 2016) is Sharp's third SIM-free phone, dubbed the Aquos mini SH-M03. Similarly to the previous two MVNO phones, this one is again the "lower" model, not the flagship, and it is a rebranding of last season's model, the SHV33 on AU, the Aquos Xx2 mini 503SH on Softbank, or Aquos Compact SH-02H on Docomo.

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Alongside the flagship Aquos Serie SHV34, AU and Sharp are also releasing a smaller version of the new iPhone-knock-off design smartphones, and also branching out a new series called the Aquos U.

The Aquos U SHV35 is equipped with a 5-inch IGZO screen with a lower, HD (1280 x 720 pixels), resolution,...

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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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The Aquos K SHF33 is the beautiful one of AU's Summber 2016 collection offerings. While the other two operators neglected the traditional flip keitai, AU are releasing a relatively adequately powered phone that borrows some of the sweet stuff from the cool smartphone releases.

The SHF33 has the Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926) 1.2 GHz quad-core processor (same working...

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