8 Top Japanese Mobile Phones

The electronics industry in Japan is one of the largest in the world. Japanese technology and superior manufacturing instills trust in Japanese electronics. Japanese mobile phones are thus well-trusted. Here are the best mobile phones, made in Japan.

  • Sony Xperia 1 II
  • Kyocera DuraXV
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Aquos Crystal
  • Fujitsu Arrows NX F-02G
  • Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro
  • SHARP SH-03E
  • Hitachi Mobile Hi-Vision Cam Wooo

Japanese brands are also good for buying basic phones if you are need a break from smartphones. The mobile phone penetration is good in Japan. However, people outside Japan too seek to buy Japanese mobile phones. If you are in Japan, you can look at the different mobile phones available. You can buy online, too, if you are outside Japan.

Photo by Geenius Meedia on Flickr.
Photo by Geenius Meedia on Flickr.

Sony Xperia 1 II

Sony Xperia 1 II. Photo by Hideo on Flickr.
Sony Xperia 1 II. Photo by Hideo on Flickr.

What’s good – Amazing viewing experience with a wide screen and sharp display.

Sony is one of the leading electronics manufacturers. And Sony’s Xperia smartphone range reflects the great quality that is the brand’s USP. Sony Xperia 1 II is an Android phone. It has a 6.5-inch screen. The design is simple yet striking. The sleek rectangular frame is rounded on the sides. The overall look is very stylish and elegant. It has a unique fingerprint reader on the power button on the side.

Sony Xperia 1 II Review.

The phone’s highlight is its display. The HDR OLED display gives a great viewing experience. The aspect ratio is good for watching videos and the display is sharp. The screen tuning is great at the default mode. However, it also supports BT.2020 color gamut and 10-bit HDR color. The other amazing feature is the multi-window tool. So, you can easily multitask and run two apps at a time.

Overall, the Sony Xperia 1 II offers great performance. It has an 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. The storage is expandable. The 12MP wide-angle camera lets you take decent quality pictures. The battery life is good, too. The phone comes in two colors – black and purple.

Kyocera DuraXV

Kyocera DuraXV. Photo by Centro Wireless on Flickr.
Kyocera DuraXV. Photo by Centro Wireless on Flickr.

What’s good – Rugged and durable budget phone.

Kyocera’s DuraXV is the phone you need if you are looking for something rugged. It might not look like the sleek mobile phones that we are used to seeing now. However, it is a great phone if you love the flip phone design. It is a basic phone. This makes it suitable for even senior citizens. Also, if you are looking to switch to a basic phone without any distractions that a smartphone offers, this is a great buy. The keypad is brightly lit, so you can use it in the dark, too.

Kyocera Review

Even though this is a basic phone, it does have 4g compatibility. It is a reliable phone. It is small enough to fit in your pocket and strong enough to still work if you drop it. The phone can handle the outdoors very well. Even though the battery life and the camera isn’t that great, the phone is good. It offers a lot of customization for the price point. You can download ringtones and the group messaging/MMS feature is also available. Also, it can only be used with Verizon.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Photo by hoang_quyen7788 on Flickr.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Photo by hoang_quyen7788 on Flickr.

What’s good – Waterproof and compact smartphone.

This compact smartphone uses Omnibalance that ensures the phone is easy to handle, no matter what you are doing. It also looks great from every angle. The frame is sharp but the rounded-edges soften it a little. The 5.2-inch screen is on the smaller side but the display is great. With a thickness of just 8.6mm, this is a truly compact phone. The phone is waterproof and comes with seals for its ports except for the headphone jack.

Phone review

The phone has the Remote play feature. It lets you stream games from Play Station 4. And to its credit, the games work quite well on the phone. The Walkman app that is pre-installed on the phone is a great music app that lets you play your own music, too. It has a multi-color notification light which is quite handy. The performance of the phone is pretty impressive. It has a 2GB RAM . The battery life is simply amazing. You can go for about two days with moderate usage.

Aquos Crystal

Aquos Crystal. Photo by on Flickr.
Aquos Crystal. Photo by on Flickr.

What’s good – A high-performance mid-range smartphone.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal phone has a 5.16-inch screen. The display is great with good clarity. The Quad core processor allows for decent processing speed. Most apps work without any hassles. The phone has 8GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It is compatible with SD memory cards. The overall performance is great if you are looking for a mid-range smartphone.

The 16MP rear camera is good for high-resolution pictures and videos. The front camera, however, is just 1.2MP. But if taking selfies is not one of your primary objectives, this phone should be a good bet. With a 2610 mAh battery, the battery life is good for moderate usage. Overall, the phone delivers great value at the price point.

Fujitsu Arrows NX F-02G

Fujitsu Arrows. Photo by Hideya HAMANO on Flickr.
Fujitsu Arrows. Photo by Hideya HAMANO on Flickr.

What’s good – Superior performance and long battery life.

Fujitsu Arrows NX is the phone that boasts superior performance. The 3120 mAh battery lets you enjoy adequate screen time throughout the day. The processing speed is just great. It can be used for gaming too. It comes with a 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage. The memory is expandable, too. The operating speed is high compared to several other smartphones in the segment.

Phone review

It is a lightweight phone. It has a 5.2-inch screen. The phone can easily be held in one hand. The 21.5MP camera is great for taking pictures on the go. You can take scenic shots as well as landscape shots with this phone. With a high processing speed, running apps on this phone is very convenient.

Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro

Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro. Photo by Donq question on Filckr.
Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro. Photo by Donq question on Filckr.

What’s good – AI Sense and wireless charging, good camera.

This intelligent phone offers great performance with its Octa-core processor. It has a 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory which is quite enough for most users. It offers it’s own AI app known as ARBO HUB. The app tracks your daily usage and plans the day for you. The face recognition powered by AI uses 256 recognition points. This means the phone can recognize you even in the dark or if you are wearing facial accessories.

Phone review

The 6.18-inch display is bezel-less and gives a good viewing experience. The stainless steel body looks great. The 16MP+5MP rear camera is made for taking great pictures. This dual camera is powered by AI to help you take amazing pictures in different modes. Get quick charging with the wireless charging feature. It also has the feature to create Facemojis (emojis from your own face) using Augmented Reality.


Sharp SH-03E

What’s good – Waterproof and sleek flip-phone, rugged.

If you liked the flip phones which were a rage some years ago, you will love this phone. This is a waterproof mobile phone. It looks sleek and stylish and the flip feature is very smooth. It has multi-color notification lights. Also, it has a bright mode that can be activated with just a touch when you are in dark areas. It supports 3g connectivity.

The phone is quite rugged. Its body doesn’t get scratches easily. The phone is economical. However, you have to buy a USB charger separately. But looking at the low cost of the phone, the added expense of the charger is not heavy on the pocket. It also has an expandable memory with a micro SD card slot.

Hitachi Mobile Hi-Vision Cam Wooo

Hitachi Mobile Cam. Photo on Wikimedia Commons.
Hitachi Mobile Cam. Photo on Wikimedia Commons.

What’s good – Mobile phone with camcorder feature, HDMI output.

This clever flip-phone combines a high-quality camera with mobile phone features. It features a 5MP camera with 3X optical zoom and flash. The camera is fitted in the hinge of the flip-phone. It can record 720p videos. Video recording of up to 4 hours can be done using this mobile phone. The anti-shake camera makes for great quality videos.

The phone has a micro SD card slot for expanding the memory. Thus, all the video recordings can be easily stored on the phone without running out of storage. The phone has an HDMI connector for output. You can use the phone in horizontal mode to get the best viewing experience when you are watching the recorded videos. The performance of the phone is good enough.

A great choice for those looking for a good camera phone that looks great too! This mobile phone is available in Japan.

So, which one will you go for? Japanese innovation is well-known. But do you know why Japan is so technologically advanced? Here are the top 9 reasons.

Eli Civil

A software engineer, entrepreneur, and Japanese culture enthusiast. I travel the world while working from my laptop and try to visit Japan as often as I can. About Eli Civil

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