2011 Winter NTTDocomo Smartphone Roundup

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The day is October 18, 2011 and NTTdocomo has announced its slew of winter/spring 2011 line of cell phones.

The biggest attraction this year is the expanded range of Smartphones. A worldwide phenomenon, smartphones are also catching on in Japan recently, with iOS and Android being the major driving force.

Though the Japanese manufacturers took much longer than established heavyweights like HTC and Samsung to enter the Android smartphone business, the 2011 winter/spring lineup proves that Japanese makers can be the best in the world when pushed to the edge.

Let’s cover some of the models in detail.

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SoftBank Winter/Spring 2011 Lineup Debut

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Another year passes by, and as usual the three Japanese carriers are announcing their Winter model lineups in succession. au by KDDI recently announced their Winter 2011 lineup just this last week, and this week is SoftBank’s turn.

As evident, the recent smartphone craze overtaking the developed world has reached Japan. Unfortunately, the high-specced domestic flip phones have paid the price, as there are fewer and fewer of the traditional “keitai” available today.

So, let’s cover some of the interesting models from the SoftBank Winter/Spring 2011 series.

AQUOS PHONE 104SH


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  • Android 2.3/2.4 (Possibly)
  • 4.5” HD (1280 x 720) Screen
  • OMAP 4460 1.5GHz Dual-Core
  • 63.4 x 129.9 x 8.7mm
  • 12.1MP CMOS AF, 0.3MP CMOS
  • IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing

SHARP was one of the first domestic manufacturers to jump into the smartphone arena, and they have responded this time around with a monster phone. Equipped with 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 4.5” HD screen, this thing is a beast.

It will become available in Spring 2012.

 

AQUOS PHONE 102SH


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  • Android 2.3
  • 4.5” HD (1280 x 720) Screen
  • OMAP 4430 1.0GHz Dual-Core
  • 137g
  • 65.1 x 128 x 9.7mm
  • 12.1MP CMOS AF, 0.3MP CMOS
  • IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing

A smartphone from SHARP that sees reduced spec in the processor arena, presumably to be slightly cheaper than the 104SH brother. However, aside from the processor everything else remains the same, with HD screen, 12.1MP camera and waterproofing.

Available December 2011.

 

LUMIX Phone 101P


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  • Android 2.3
  • 4.0” qHD (960 x 540) Screen
  • OMAP 4430 1.0GHz Dual-Core
  • 128g
  • 64 x 123 x 9.8mm
  • 13.2MP CMOS AF
  • IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing

A year ago, Panasonic revealed its LUMIX Phone line. Originally it was a true, thoroughbred keitai model – complete with Japanese domestic OS. However, it seems the development staff at Panasonic has come under the same pressure everyone else has, and so they merged the LUMIX Phone identity with a smartphone – resulting in the 101P. It features a host of features that can be found in today’s digital camera, so if you have a 101P you probably won’t need to carry a digital camera any longer.

Available mid-November 2011.

2011 Summer NTTdocomo PRIME Series Roundup

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Yes, the apex of high-spec phones, uncontested across the globe. These are perhaps the highest spec phones one can buy at this very moment. Now with the new unlock policies, all phones sold by NTTdocomo are available unlocked – meaning gone are the days of hypersim instability and weak signals.

Well, lets get to it.

SHARP AQUOS SHOT SH-10C


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Representing the the latest in advanced phones from SHARP, the AQUOS SHOT SH-10C is packed with the latest technology. Featuring a 16.1MP CCD sensor as well as a 3D-capable LCD complemented by a high IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing & IP5X dustproofing, this phone has it all.

The style is reminiscent of STYLE-series models while signaling a break from traditional SHARP design. In fact, the exterior reminds me of a CASIO CA003 from au by KDDI whereas the interior is similar to that of Fujitsu F-03B.

  • 16.1MP CCD sensor, 1080p FULL HD video recording capable, 3D image capable
  • 3.4” New Mobile ASV LCD, FWVGA resolution (854×480), 3D-capable
  • 15.5mm thick (22mm maximum), 139g
  • IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing, IP5X dustproofing
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • Rotating axis display, can be used as touchscreen when folded
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n)

 

Fujitsu F-09C


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Fujitsu has been a minor player in the handset market prior to its major breakthrough, the F-01A. Since then, it has grown rapidly, setting the benchmark with F-01B, F-04B and the F-06B. The F-09C is Fujitsu’s latest attempt to further raise the bar.

The F-09C is the successor of the F-06B, which introduced their proprietary “Yoko-motion” technology to a waterproof, slider form.

Befitting of the PRIME Series tag, the F-09C features IPX5/IPX8 waterproofing (the highest level achievable commercially). It means that you can immerse this phone in water deeper than 1m for prolonged periods and the phone will still function.

The camera sensor is now soured from Sony, using the 16.3MP Exmor R for Mobile featuring 3D image and video capability, as well as HDR photography.

  • 3.5” FWVGA resolution (854×480), 3D-capable, touchscreen
  • 16.3MP CMOS sensor, 3D image/video capable
  • 15.8mm thick, 138g
  • IPX5/IPX8 waterproofing
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • Yoko-motion display, can turn 180degrees horizontally
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n)

 

Casio EXILIM keitai CA-01C


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The CA-01C is Casio’s first ever phone produced for NTTdocomo. Before this, Casio was most often associated with au by KDDI for producing many eye-catching models over the last couple of years.

Visually, the CA-01C resembles a CA003/CA005 from about a year ago. However, its specs have seen a great boost in comparison to the two models. The camera is the same Sony unit as the one in the Fujitsu, with the 16.3MP unit that is capable of recording 1080p FULL HD video.

The 3.4” FWVGA display supports glasses-free 3D display and the ability to switch between 2D/3D mode. The phone is protected by IPX5/IPX8 waterproofing, an industry benchmark comparable to the Fujitsu F-09C.

  • 3.4” FWVGA resolution (854×480), 3D-capable
  • 16.3MP CMOS sensor, 3D image/video capable
  • 16.9mm thick, 149g
  • IPX5/IPX8 waterproofing
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • Rotating axis display, can be used as touchscreen when folded
  • FM Transmitter

 

Panasonic LUMIX Phone P-05C


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Panasonic stirred the keitai world with the introduction of its first branded phone, aptly called LUMIX Phone P-03C half a year ago. Since then, the team at Panasonic has worked to improve the user experience while maintaining the familiar shape of the phone.

The biggest news is in the camera. As a first ever for Japanese keitai phones, P-05C features optical image stabilization. This means better looking photos that won’t be affected by vibration and hand movements. This feature becomes most apparent during photo session in low-light conditions, as well as during the capture of 1080p FULL HD video.

  • 3.3” FWVGA resolution (854×480)
  • 13.2MP CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization
  • 17.7mm thick, 149g
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n)

2011 Summer NTTdocomo Smartphone Roundup

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NTTdocomo has released its highly anticipated smartphone lineup for the Summer/Fall 2011 collection. Perhaps the most exciting news is that all phones sold by NTTdocomo will be available for SIM unlock starting with this season, which means you can very well be using one of these phones natively outside Japan!

Here is a quick roundup of the major phones and its features. All (except F-07C) are are based on the Android OS.

NEC MEDIAS WP N-06C


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As said in the title “WP” the MEDIAS N-06C is a waterproof successor to the N-04C that was release this past February. The N-06C keeps the familiar shape and slimness of the N-04C, while adding IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing. The OS gets upgraded to Android 2.3, with T9 support. Other Japan-specific features include IR, osaifu-keitai i-mode mail and 1seg TV tuner.

  • 4” FWVGA resolution (854×480)
  • 5.1MP CMOS sensor
  • 7.9mm thin, 9.7mm maximum, 113g
  • IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n), GPS

 

Fujitsu FMV LOOX F-07C


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Fujitsu has entered uncharted territory with the F-07C, which combines a Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit with the tried-and-true Symbian OS that’s on most Japanese keitai handsets. With Windows 7, this phone is more accurately classified as a UMPC – or ultra mobile PC.

This UMPC includes all features that are standard on Japanese keitai handsets. It is aimed mostly towards the people who carry both a smartphone and a Japanese keitai (to augment missing features from smartphones).

  • 4” SVGA resolution (1024×600)
  • 5.1MP CMOS sensor
  • Intel Atom Z600 @ 1.2GHz
  • 19.8mm thick, 218g
  • 32GB SSD
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n), GPS

 

Panasonic P-07C


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The Panasonic P-07C is Panasonic’s first attempt at the Android smartphone market. Loaded with Android 2.3, the P-07C features a large 4.3” LCD screen as well as Panasonic’s own take on the Android OS.

Other features are very standard for Japanese smartphones (which surpass the specs of overseas smartphones).

  • 4.3” screen
  • 5.1MP CMOS sensor
  • 14mm thick
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n), GPS

 

SHARP AQUOS PHONE SH-12C


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SHARP released their first Android smartphone a year ago in the form of SH-10B, with Android 1.6 and a unique form factor suited to Japanese users. It was followed 6 months ago by a more concentrated effort, resulting in spectacular and groundbreaking phones such as the 003SH (3D display & CCD camera) and SH-03C LYNX 3D. This season, SHARP is focusing on strengthening their 3D portfolio.

The AQUOS PHONE SH-12C incorporates a 3D camera as well as a 3D display. Nearly all specs have received a boost from the 003SH, SHARP’s prior flagship smartphone.

  • 4.2” QHD resolution (960×540), 3D-capable
  • 8.0MP dual sensor w/ProPix engine capable of 3D images and video
  • HDMI-out for playback on TV

NTTdocomo SH-09C Announced

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A previously unknown and unannounced model, the Baccarat SH-09C is yet another model in the growing list of “collaboration models” – phones that are customized with unique wallpapers, themes, ringtones and media by famous marques.

Based on the current SH-01C, the SH-09C features a unique exterior with Baccarat-designed etching on the lid.

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Inside, you’ll find a standard 3.4” 16.7M mobileASV display using SHARP AQUOS technology.

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Everything has been customized to give it a unique look worthy of a 200-year French jewelry marque.

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Depending on the angle the color of the lid will change.

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Other than that it’s got a fairly standard (by Japanese terms) features, including dust/waterproof, WiFi and a 14.1MP CCD camera capable of 1080p recording.

The SH-09C goes on sale in March with a limited production run of 5000 units.