Only in Japan: KDDI adds 8 new phones, 13MP cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, waterproof bodies, flip phone Androids among them

Only in Japan: KDDI adds 8 new phones, 13MP cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, waterproof bodies, flip phone Androids among them
Some of these phones you'll see below might never arrive to the States, but it’s for the sake of pure amazement at what’s going on in Japan that we’re taking a brief look at the country’s second largest carrier KDDI 8 new offerings. 

The Fujitsu Toshiba Arrows Z ISW11F is probably the most impressive handset with its 720 x 1280 pixel 4.3-inch LCD display and a combo of a 13MP camera, WiMAX, digital TV tuner, e-wallet and infrared. 

Did we mention it runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread? And no, we couldn’t think of what else one could possibly cramp up in a phone, can you?

Second on the list comes the Gingerbread 2.3.5-powered Kyocera DIGNO ISW11K.

And if you ever doubted Kyocera’s abilities to pull top notch hardware, you’ve probably never been to Japan as this here 4-inch handset comes with a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8655 processor, WiMAX, an 8-megapixel CMOS camera, the signature Japanese digital TV tuner, e-wallet and infrared, all fitting in a super slim 0.34” (8.7mm) body. 

Third, but still quite unique is the Sharp AQUOS PHONE IS13SH, which comes with a second, ticker display.

A familiar concept? Yes, but here the main screen is a 4.2-inch qHD LCD one, while the second one measures 2.1 inches on the diagonal with a resolution of 56 x 304 pixels. And again, it packs a 1.4GHz dual-core MSM8655 processor, but this time with a waterproof body and a thin, 0.35” (8.9mm) body.

The fourth handset is the Android-running NEC MEDIAS BR IS11N, which would also hit you with a dual-core chip, a digital TV tuner, waterproof body and e-wallet. But here you’re in for another surprise - Bluetooth 4.0, which companies like Apple have included in their latest notebooks. 

You might wonder if that’s a big deal, and while we can’t answer that question directly, we’d definitely say that it could be. Bluetooth 4.0 comes with low-energy consumption and might be more important than you think as it could constantly exchange information with other devices like a simple watch, but it also has the potential to replace NFC for payments. We haven’t seen yet a single device with the updated Bluetooth specification to hit the States, but it might just be in the next iPhone when it gets announced (hopefully) on October 4th.

The last two handsets we’ll look at are flip phones - a form factor still alive and well in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Fujitsu-Toshiba F001 has a 3.3-inch LCD display and a 13MP Exmor R sensor with a waterproof body and all the rest of Japan’s phone perks, while the Sony Ericsson URBANO AFFARE has a similar 3.3-inch LCD display, but also a dual-core processor and an 8MP camera.

Finally, there are also the HTC EVO 3D ISW12HT and the Motorola PHOTON ISW11M, but we’ve already seen those in the States, so nothing surprising here. Do you see any major differences in KDDI’s lineup when compared to carriers in the US?

source: KDDI via TechCrunch



1. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Yes!! They have better phones. Quicker to embrace new technology.

11. G-Reg unregistered

They know americans will pay for sparkling turds. Why would a company make a water resistant device when they make money from replaceing water damaged devices.

2. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yes! Android will kick all os like iOS!

16. G-Reg unregistered

O wow... your soooo insightful. How 3ed grade can this site get. "my os is better than yours:P" Put some beef behind these comments to justify your reason or just keep off the posts. This is an informitive website to start with, lets try to keep that goin in the comments people.

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Beh. 13 MP is a waste of storage space.

5. catatonicalvin

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 14, 2011

Simply adjust your camera settings to lower MP if you don't need 13mp. :p

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

True. But give me an instance where you would ever need 13 MP. Other than saying "Oh yeah? Well mine has THIRTEEN megapixels!"

18. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

To take a picture with better quality? duh...

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's exactly the response I was looking for. People think a 13 MP cameraphone will automagically outperform every 3, 5 and 8 MP cameraphone on the market. If it has a crappy lens and crappy software, it can look worse than all of them. Don't buy into the megapixel myth!

12. sensor unregistered

Agreed.. but more precisely.. 13MP is a HUGE waste of technology in a camera. All you get with that size of a sensor is poorer quality pics, especially in doors. The sensors are SO small on the cameras, the photo sites are shrinking so much, that they can't possibly gather enough light to take decent indoor pics. I think for cell phones, 2-3 MP is great.. the sensors aren't as densely packed with photo sites, leading to better quality images, though a bit smaller in size. 13MP is ridiculous to me.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And yet I get a bunch of thumbs-down for suggesting bigger is NOT better. I've gotten great shots with a 3 MP camera in my phone, and the 5 MP iPhone camera is stellar. People need to learn that lens quality and processing software make great photos, not number of megapixels.

17. G-Reg unregistered

Logic is often substituted for ignorance, arrogance, and fanboyism. Your surprised?

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Logic and science FTW

4. playa unregistered

uhh... Victor, with the Toshiba Arrows you said digital tv tuner twice

7. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

They're kidding right?

8. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

want one of these cameras on sammy or htc

9. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I guess compared to Japan, US is outdated. They had that TV tuner and NFCs for more than a decade now.

10. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Wimax?! Come on Japan lets get with the program LTE FTW! :P

14. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Do you even know the different between the two? If you don't then please STFU thanks you.

15. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Wiimax in Japan is a lot faster then the wiimax in America and LTE. If you need prove here it is.

23. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

lol it was a joke smart guy. hence the ":P" smiley

22. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I wish we had these great phones here.. you know like the a dual screen flip phone with Android while also having the touch functionally. Though I do enjoy android, I would like to see more open source OS's not just Android. I hope Samsung Bada goes open source would be nice to shrink on the apple empire unless apple can prove themselves in my eyes..

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