Docomo will now SIM-unlock 2nd-hand phones, too

Effective from 20 February 2019 is a new policy by the largest Japanese carrier that allows removing the SIM lock on second-hand smartphones.


Sharp is Japan's No. 1 Android smartphone maker for 2018, too

Japan market analyst BCN Retail has just published its Android-based smarphone market share report for 2018 and guess what – Sharp hold the number one position even more stably than...

Aquos phones to receive upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie

Since Sharp are now duly executing a programme to provide at least two major updates (OS upgrades) within a period of two years, Japanese carriers are announcing which models will receive...

Sharp taunt a new curved OLED screen flagship – 801SH

Sharp presented their first OLED display phone at the IFA 2018 in Berlin. The display is advertised as "truly flexible" and has a "full-curved surface design" for a 3D effect.


Sharp's LCD panel viewable in sunlight

Sharp have further improved their LCD displays solving the problem of reflected light that makes it difficult to view your smartphone's display in sunlight.

A low-reflection film called...

Sharp develop transparent NFC antenna display

Sharp Japan have developed a transparent NFC antenna that can be right built into the device's display. This enables payment and authentication by simply holding an NFC-compatible smartphone...

Sharp's Long-Awaited European Line-Up Leaks

Sharp's CEO made an announcement last September that the company would be making a new attempt at the European market. Now, some eight months later, a line-up leak confirms these intentions...

Sharp is Japan's No. 1 Android smartphone maker for 2017

The initial report by market analyst BCN Retail, published in the beginning of December 2017, and covering the period between July and October 2017, situated Sharp...

Aquos S3 Rumoured

Less than a month after the official launch of the Aquos S2 (in three versions), already a new device, the successor Aquos S3 is rumoured.

Designer Blanche Lee (a.k.a....

New Generation IGZO Display Integrates Digitizer

Two of Sharp's most recent smartphones, the Aquos Ever SH-02J by Docomo, and the Aquos U SHV 37 by AU feature the next generation IGZO display where the touch...

The Corner R Display: Rounded IGZO Smartphone Display

At the CEATEC 2016 exhibition, Sharp showcased a prototype smartphone with a rounded-corners display, dubbed Corner R, rounded on all three sides, unlike the two-sided rounding...

Sharp Phones Receive Red Dot Design Award - for 2015 and 2016

Docomo's Aquos Ever SH-04G and Aquos Zeta SH-01H received the internationally recognised Red Dot Product Design Award for 2016. The two smartphones...

Sharp phones to receive Android 6.0 upgrade

Docomo have announced the phone models that will be getting the Android 6.0 upgrade. The Sharp-made phones are:

  • AQUOS...
New SIM Unlocking Regulations - SIMロック解除


Finally, Japanese phones can now be SIM unlocked without much hassle and without paying a fortune*. The new regulations requiring each carrier to...

In-Cell Type Touch Displays for Smartphones

Sharp have begun mass-producing a new type of display for smartphones and portable devices, the in-cell type touch display. Devices employing this should soon start to...