Fujitsu Arrows Ultra prototype Hands-on Review

Fujitsu Arrows Ultra prototype Hands-on Review
The Fujitsu quad-core phone rumored to be shown at MWC, turned out to be part of the Arrows model family of the company, just like its anorexic 0.26" Arrows F-07D brother, which appeared at the FCC not long ago. 

We handled a prototype of the Tegra 3-laden superphone at MWC, and the specs that will accompany its silicon are mouthwatering. How do 4.6" HD display, LTE connectivity and 13.1MP camera with high 25600 ISO sensitivity for better low-light snaps sound to you? Pretty good, right? Not to mention that it will be water- and dustproof like we are used to from Japanese handsets.

The Fujitsu Arrows quad-core phone will also offer DLNA and HDMI-out capabilities for your wireless and wired media streaming needs. The HDMI part is apparently done via an MHL port, so the phone can be running a game or pumping movies out to an HDTV.

Adding to the excitement is the fact that Android 4.0 ICS will be on the Tegra 3 smartphone out of the box, and by the time we hit MWC time next month, the Fujitsu Arrows superphone should be demoed in its full glory. 


What we handled was actually pretty rough around the edges, both in terms of chassis and software, showing that this is a very early prototype of the handset. It was built entirely of black plastic, a bit bulky and with no distinguishing design features. 

Android ICS on it was also a very early and buggy build, but since it was stock, it made the phone look like we are handling a Galaxy Nexus. The 4.6" display with 720x1280 pixels was a beauty, though, showing bright and well-defined images. And a big selling point of the Fujitsu Arrows Ultra will be that 13.1MP camera on the back with very high ISO settings.

Fujitsu is currently shopping the quad-core monster of a handset to carriers in the US and Europe, hoping that it will stick there for a launch in the fall. The phone will appear with its final design and Android build on Japanese shelves in the summer, while US and the EU will eventually follow, depending on how skilled the Fujitsu negotiating team is. We cross fingers, as it looks a really promising handset.


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10 Comments

1. e.wvu unregistered

What's with the back of the phone? This phone was desgined poorly IMO...

5. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Still a prototype. Not the complete build.

2. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

The high ISO is certainly an achievement. Most point-and-shoots have a maximum ISO of 3200 - 6400. But having a very high ISO doesn't equate to a great camera. You actually lose detail with high ISO. So we've got to see samples first before we judge this particular Fujitsu droid.

8. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yeah, i am afraid they're gonna put some sort of aggressive noise reduction algorithm that will ruin the image, especially if the sensor is the usual 1/3.2" found in most camera phones.. the noise would be out of hand and the NR would make it even worse.. but i just hope that i am wrong in this case, i really wish that this could turn up better than previously thought..

10. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

For me (MY opinion) it's better to have an option for longer exposures. If you really want great low-light pictures you should use the lowest ISO possible (for greater detail) and a long exposure (depending on the darkness of the area). I do that most of the time, and my shots are almost always full of detail. But this is limited to stationary objects. Problem is if you are trying to capture moving objects, they will surely be blurry and ruin your image. But I still want to see a sample from this Fujitsu Droid. They released an incredulously high number, hope they live up to it like what happened to the pureview.

3. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

At least it tries to be different. It looks nice.

4. steviewonders

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Looks good for the current market. By the time it comes here with a release after Summer it'll be dated.

6. Skyrim

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

How?That has every top of the line Spec what could possibly come along to make it outdated that soon?Your dumb....

7. Obviously

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Your face is dumb

9. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

there is always a possibility.. who knows, maybe a FullHD display in handsets (not tablet)? or Tegra3+ with LTE support? or phones with better camera (look at Nokia 808)? or maybe 2GB of RAM? Tegra3 and S4 contender from TI? it may not be dated, but there's always a possibility.. so it is actually dumb to say that it definitely won't be..

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