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 but you will...

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The Aquos Xx2 mini is the smaller device Sharp are releasing in SoftBank's Winter 2015/2016 collection. It is the same as the Docomo Aquos Compact SH-02H, only rebranded.

The Aquos Xx2 mini (503SH) has very narrow top and size bezel (EDGEST series) to ensure maximum screen surface for its 4.7-inch Full...

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Sharp have just announced their additions to the Softbank Winter 2015/16 collection, earlier than typical for previous years, but just a week after announcing their Docomo devices. If you've seen the Docomo SH-01H and SH-02H, then you've also seen the Softbank Aquos Xx2 and Aquos Xx2 mini because they are, essentially, the...

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The Aquos Compact SH-02H is the smaller device Sharp released in the Winter 2015/2016 collection, out in December 2015.

Like its bigger brother, the SH-02H has very narrow top and size bezel (EDGEST series) for maximum screen surface for its 4.7-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080px) screen that is built using the IGZO technology for optimum energy efficiency....

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Sharp have just announced their winter 2015/2016 devices for NTT Docomo, and the Aquos Zeta SH-01H is the flagship in it, due to be released in November.

The Aquos Zeta SH-01H has the familiar EDGEST design for extra thin bezel on the top and sides, and a 5.3-inch IGZO display for maximum energy efficiency. The display resolution is full HD...

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Now, that's the real beast in the SoftBank's Summer 2015 collection! Behold the Aquos Xx 404SH: a 5.7-inch full HD screen utilising the S-CG Silicon LCD technology for reduced power consumption, and the truly narrow-frame design of the EDGEST series. Personally, I don't think anything more than 1080 x 1920 pixels is justified on a mobile screen, so...

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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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AU are releasing another flip Android, the Aquos K SHF32 - and a much higher-range phone than Docomo's offering, the SH-06G.

The Aquos K SHF32 has the flip-phone standard 3.4-inch display with a QHD (960 x 540 px) resolution resulting in a 328 ppi display density, and Pure-LED backlight for a more natural colour representation.

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Summer 2015: KDDI's AU have also rolled out a new smart device, and by the looks of it, it gives Docomo's SH-03G some strong competition.

The Aquos Serie SHV32 comes with a 5-inch Full HD IGZO screen and new generation backlighiting "for subtle colour representation" dubbed as S-PureLED. The device is also part of the EDGEST...

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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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