Meet the first Windows 10 Mobile phones from Japan: Freetel Katana 01 and Katana 02

Meet the first Windows 10 Mobile phones from Japan: Freetel Katana 01 and Katana 02
Freetel, a little known Japanese phone maker, this week announced two Windows 10 Mobile smartphones - the first ones to be made in Japan. Called Katana 01 and Katana 02, the handsets are affordable, and will probably be among the world's first commercially available Windows 10 Mobile devices.

The Freetel Katana 01 sports a 4.5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core processor (unknown manufacturer). It also features LTE connectivity, front and rear facing cameras, and a 1700 mAh battery.

The Katana 02 is powered by an unknown quad-core processor, too, but it's larger than the 01 model, offering a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels. Other features include LTE, front and rear cameras, and a 2600 mAh battery.

Reportedly, Freetel plans to launch the Katana 01 and Katana 02 as soon as Microsoft officially releases Windows 10 Mobile, which might happen in September. The handsets will be offered SIM-free across Japan, costing around $160 (Katana 01), and around $240 (Katana 02).

We don't know if the Katana 01 and Katana 02 will be available outside of Japan. However, earlier this year Freetel announced that it would bring "high-quality products" to "overseas markets", so maybe the two Windows 10 handsets are included here. We'll let you know.


source: Freetel via Engadget Japanese (translated), GSM Dome

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22 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Can't wait for the next Lumia flagship! That and the Surface Pro 4 are long overdue! (Sorry, I know this comment has almost nothing to do with the article, but I couldn't really think of anything comment-worthy about these these phones... At least they got me in the WP10 mood.)

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I hope the release date for the sp4 is before mid August (since the announcement is most likely to be at the end of July). I want the sp4 like right now.

5. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I hope the release date of the SP4 is September, beucause that is when the new skylake chips will come out..

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

September is the Apple's month....

21. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

That's as great reason to launcch in September then.

12. waddup121 unregistered

That phone is straight up beautiful. Elegant in every way possible.

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

i was all like yayyyyy i would switch to that until i read the specs and was like nayyyyyyy

2. gaming64 unregistered

Elegance at its finest.

4. Bondurant

Posts: 779; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

What makes all these manufacturers think Windows platform requires only a 480p resolution ?

6. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

the 01 its a low end device; just like the many androids you have .. the 02 has a 720p display..

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Even the 200$ Galaxy Avant is a qHD screen, not even 720p. Or I could get a 640 for 130$ and be better off with a better screen, and bigger screen and better camera, sd card support, better battery life. So we should all question it: What does android manufactures think they can do in the USA putting crap like that in a phone for 200$

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Is this a (green) LED light....?

9. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Flagship or nothing for me or I'll happily stay on the Android side. I can almost guarantee you won't even hear too much else about this phone. It's like they announce these low - midrange phones and we never hear of them again.

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

SOOOO?

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And? 70% of android is saturated by low end crap, throw away walgreens wally world pick ups. Old phones no longer in use and they just put it back on the account because their iPhone dropped into a river. I would rather have a 640 than nearly all androids, it would have to be a z3 (which I have), a note 5 (skipped the 4 after my 3 was a nightmare) or G4 (really love this phone and recommend it daily to customers).

14. sgodsell

Posts: 6901; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Androids low end has 60% of the market, 20% for mid range, and the last 20% is high end. So that works out to 53 million high end devices, and another 53 million mid ranges devices, and the last 159 million were low end devices for the last quarter. So 106 million were for both high and mid range devices.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Depends on where you get your numbers. IDC shows 66%, for smartphones (anything 5.5inch and under). And samsungs phablet sales are not enough to make a difference in how the percentages work out. If you want a 60, 20, 20 split. You need way more cash than what you have. 136% increase in android device value. Device value was 255.1billion, you would need 348.1 billion to maintain your split. Assuming, low end is 200 (which for idc was actually 214), and mid range is 400 and highend is 600+.

15. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

then WP must have 90% low end LOL

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Your probably right, if including wp7, then both wp7 and wp8 as of mid last year accounted for 80% of the market. We would probably find that yes, the sub 200 dollar phones rule the windows market. But what is windows to do, when it offers a $130 that slaps a popular $200 android phone in every aspect?

19. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I wouldn't be surprised at all if the "Low end" market is about 90% of WP. I really do not even count "mid-range" devices anymore. Even on the Android side of things the differences between a mid-range offering and a low range one are maybe some screen resolution and internal memory. In most usage charts I see for Windows, it is nearly 98% Nokia/Microsoft devices. The only "flagship" device that still shows up is the now ancient Lumia 920. I bought the HTC M8 One for Windows, and loved it except the screens kept going out on me. I see only the M8 still for sale for high end. The L1520, Samsung ATIV SE on Verizon and Lumia 930 are either all discontinued are hard to find. 90% low end? Yep. That sounds close to accurate.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Nice looking phones, honestly. Be real nice to get to Windows 10 for mobile devices. I will limp along until then, but it gets harder and harder when we see all these fun Android flagships coming out and rumors of the next "S" version of the iPhone.

22. farhad.ahmad30

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

I own an android phone with 1.3 GHz Quadcore processor. It is an awesome, fast phone with lots of interesting features. It is the Royal V7 by iDROID USA. I am connected to the world through this amazing gadget. It is 4G ready so speed does matter!!

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