Amongst the many Xperia handsets that were recently introduced by Sony, what would you say your favorite model is? Unless you live in Japan, we hope you’re not going to pick the Xperia VL. After all, the Sony Xperia VL is yet another Japan-exclusive phone that won’t be released outside the country.
Motorola’s Razr M to make its Japan debut on October 26
It’s no longer a surprise that the Motorola Razr M, the least exciting offering from the trio of Razr phones that were introduced in September, is coming to Japan via Softbank. We’ve reported earlier in the month that the mid-range Razr M is heading to the carrier before the end of October. Now, Moto and Softbank have confirmed the phone’s impending release.
Amazon opens Kindle Store in Japan, also brings Kindle Paperwhite, Fire and Fire HD
We don’t know if the timing has anything to do with Apple’s iPad mini unveiling, but Amazon is finally making headway with its new e-book reader and tablets in the key market of Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun will get the Paperwhite and two Kindle Fires starting next month, while Amazon’s Kindle Store will open tomorrow, on October 25.
More bad news for Samsung: iPhone sales injunction in Japan rejected
Samsung might get the chance to publicly shame Apple a bit after an unorthodox court ruling in the UK, but the longstanding patent war between the two still has Tim Cook’s tech giant in the lead. Sammy’s appeal over the $1 billion worth California verdict is still pending, but before hearing how that key battle will end, we’ve just got news of two much smaller battles lost by the Galaxy makers.
Japan-bound Sharp Aquos Pad SHT21 is the first low-power IGZO panel tablet
After unveiling the world’s first ever smartphone sporting an IGZO panel last week, Sharp continues its mission to make the new technology popular by introducing the first tablet with such a display. The Aquos Pad SHT21 is the name of the 7-inch tab scheduled to get a Japanese launch on KDDI sometime in mid-December, and, while it will probably never get out of Asia, we can’t stop drooling over it.
LG Optimus G coming to KDDI on November 2, available in Astro Blue and White Prism
Are you planning to stay for an extended period in Japan in the near future? If the answer is yes, you may want to take note of what KDDI will have in store soon. Alongside the HTC J Butterfly, the Japanese carrier said that it’s bringing LG’s latest flagship offering, the Optimus G, to its customers.
Breaking: Japan’s Softbank confirms Sprint acquisition for $20.1 billion
The Softbank-Sprint acquisition is official. The earlier rumored Sprint acquisition by Softbank has been announced by the Japanese telecoms company itself. In a press event in Tokyo, Softbank has announced that it will merge with Sprint to form a new company.
Softbank to borrow $23B to finance Sprint acquisition bid
Softbank has been eyeing the U.S. market for some time now, reports Reuters, and sources say the telecoms company is in talks with three banks in Japan to finance its acquisition bid. Sources close to the matter say Softbank plans to borrow 1.8 trillion yen (US$ 23 billion) in order to fund its acquisition.
Sony’s Xperia AX to be released in Japan as early as November, promo videos are out
The first ever gadget to actually sport an IGZO display is a much less glamorous one than we'd have expected, although it’s still worth a quick look. The Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E has just been unveiled by NTT DoCoMo as part of the Japanese carrier’s fall line-up of smartphones, and, aside from the high-res low power screen, it also holds other aces up its sleeve.