With Chinese companies like ZTE and Huawei pushing the phablet limits further and further and Korean giants like Samsung and LG battling it out for the Western smartphone supremacy, Japan seemed to turn from the once upon a time Asian leader to the continent’s black sheep.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in Amber Brown gets unboxed in Japan
Rumors about Sony’s 2013 Xperia line-up have been abundant lately, but as of right now we have only bits and pieces to cling on to and basically nothing official. It obviously doesn’t help that many of the “leaks” have contradicted one another, so seeing one of next year’s Sony smartphones getting FCC certification is a welcomed breath of fresh air.
Fujitsu Arrows V F-04E lands on NTT Docomo, with 4.7-inch display, fingerprint sensor, and 2,420mAh battery
Straight from Japan, what you’re looking at is Fujitsu’s latest Android smartphone offering for NTT Docomo, the Arrows V F-04E. Only in Japan would you have a smartphone that can automatically “adjust the display's color based on the user's age”. We wouldn’t expect less from Fujitsu’s advanced Human-Centric Engine technology.
IGZO-powered Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E to start shipping in Japan on November 29
Despite being knee-deep in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy, Sharp is still hard at work in promoting new Android devices with quite the innovative specs. The Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E is the company’s new Japanese flagship phone and will hit the market on November 29.
NTT DoCoMo starts selling the Sony Xperia AX in Japan
We reported last month that Japan will soon be getting the Sony Xperia AX, a variant of the Xperia V that boasts some Japan-specific features. If you’ve been keeping track of its release, you’ll be pleased to know that the Xperia AX is now on sale in the country via NTT DoCoMo.
NTT DoCoMo will try to end the need for translation over phone calls and video conferences
With any text-based message, we can always use online translators or application translators to get things done. However, there is still a need to translate live interactions. NTT DoCoMo is looking to do just that with a new app that translates phone calls and video chats in real time.
Galaxy S3 Alpha runs Jelly Bean with built-in multi-window support
A few days ago we told you that NTT DoCoMo will offer its subscribers in Japan two new Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 Alpha, with the latter being an updated version of the regular Galaxy S3.