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Last updated: 5 February 2018 – 13:49

FIH Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of Foxconn, have announced a number of low-end devices wearing the Sharp brand – to shame! – for the Vietnamese and Indian markets in early February 2018. The devices are nothing but rebranded versions of InFocus smartphones that are already selling on these markets.

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Last updated: 23 March 2018 – 15:00

Finally, over two months after the date initially scheduled for announcement (16 January 2018), the Aquos S3 mini is a fact. For a while, leaks on the Google Play supported devices list had us believe the phone had been renamed to Aquos V1 mini, apparently not the case, now that it was officially announced on 22 March. Sales will begin (in China) on...

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Last updated: 15 June 2018 – 21:46

The Aquos S3 (FS8032) has finally been announced, first in Taiwan, one day ahead of the advertised 28th April announcement in Vietnam. A month later, on 25 May 2018, the Aquos S3 High Edition (FS8015) passed NCC certification (details below). 

The Aquos S3 has a 5.99-inch screen with a 18:9...

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Last updated: 11 January 2018 – 12:01

Following the launch of the Aquos R Compact on the AU and the SoftBank networks, Japan's first smartphone to utilise a free-form display was also announced as a SIM-free device under the model name SH-M06 and will be available in late January 2018. 

Advertised as "the most powerful premium compact model in Aquos history", the Aquos...

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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.

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Last updated: 9 December 2017 – 12:50

To be released in mid-February 2018 is a new member of the Aquos sense series: the Aquos sense basic (702SH). This is advertised as a business-oriented smartphone.

The "basic" tag in the name signals two substantial changes from the other Aquos sense devices. First,...

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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 February 2018 – 23:28

The Aquos R compact is also to launch on the AU network, sales starting in late-December.

Advertised as "the most powerful premium compact model in Aquos history", this is the first smartphone for the Japanese market to utilise Sharp's free-form displays (that were showcased as early as mid-2014), beaten by at least three months by...

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Last updated: 26 November 2017 – 11:28

Scheduled for release on the AU network in mid-December 2017 is an updated version of the flip-keitai, named Aquos K SHF34. Visually, this phone is an almost exact replica of last year's Aquos K SHF33. Let's see what's new about it.

The Aquos K series comes with the form-factor-standard display size of 3.4 inches and resolution of 540...

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Last updated: 9 December 2017 – 13:00

Scheduled for release in early December 2017, the Aquos sense lite SH-M05 is the SIM-free version of the Aquos sense model first announced by AU KDDI under the monicker SHV40, then by Docomo named SH-01K, and finally by Softbank as the Aquos sense basic.

The Aquos sense lite is a mid-range device...

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