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Japanese carrier Docomo wants to move your phone’s SIM card into a wearable

The Portable SIM, as Japan’s Docomo is calling it, will combine your tiny mobile card with Bluetooth and NFC to make a standalone authentication device, allowing users to ‘wave’ the portable over tablets and smartphones to connect and login to phone networks, transferring information, like phone numbers and login details and opening up the possibility of multiple devices with a single SIM card. (Android and iOS, all at once!) It will even store multiple online logins for shopping sites and social networks, according to the Japan’s largest phone carrier. The current prototype is around the size of a WiFi hotspot, although Docomo plans to shrink the tech down to a size that would fit into a wearable device, likely to be around the size of current wearables like Acer’s Leap band we’ve used in the mock-up above.

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Softbank’s ‘Pepper’ robot understands feelings, will cost less than $2,000 next year

Japanese telecom Softbank and its CEO Masayoshi Son have never been afraid to push the envelope, and now the exec is presenting a new development: robots. Presented at a press conference earlier today in Japan (take a peek at the live video stream embedded after the break) it’s called Pepper, and uses technology acquired from the French robotics company Aldebaran. Those are the folks behind the Nao humanoid robots we’ve been covering for years, from their first steps to the inevitable dance-offs that followed. Aldebaran CEO Bruno Maisonnier credited Son for believing in its vision, saying robots that can recognize human emotion will change the way we live and communicate — and this is a big step towards getting bots into daily lives, at least if you live in Japan. The robots will debut at two stores tomorrow in their customer service capacity, but Softbank is planning to put them on sale to the public next year, priced just shy of $2,000. %Gallery-slideshow198793%

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Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 Technology Available In Japan This Year

What happens when your smartphone runs out of battery power? Normally you would have to leave it plugged into its wall charger which usually takes around 7 hours. What if there is a way to cut this time by as much as 75 percent? Getting a smartphone to fully charge will then only take around 2 to 3 hours.

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has developed a technology that does his which is called Quick Charge 2.0 and it’s going to be available for use in Japan this year. The company has partnered with NTT DOCOMO to test out Quick Charge 2.0′s rapid charging capabilities.

According to Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., “Japan has been ahead of the curve when it comes to the adoption of innovative technology. The commitment demonstrated from a leading technology carrier like DOCOMO is an important step towards a strong Quick Charge 2.0 ecosystem in Japan and beyond. We look forward to continuing the integration of Quick Charge 2.0 technology within the mobile industry to further enhance the consumer experience.”

Quick Charge 2.0 is an improvement over the Quick Charge 1.0 technology. The latter can only provide up to 10 watts of power while the former can provide a power of as high as 60 watts which effectively cuts the amount of time needed to charge a mobile device by as much as 75 percent.

Kazuaki Terunuma, Vice President and Managing Director of Communication Device Development Department at NTT DOCOMO, said that “With insatiable consumer usage of their devices, faster charging is more important than ever to bring enhanced convenience to the mobile experience. DOCOMO expects the promise of true fast charging can finally be realized with the introduction of Quick Charge 2.0 into commercial devices and a supporting ecosystem.”

Not all smartphone models will be able to support this new technology as certain requirements must first be met.  First, the device itself must be capable of supporting the Quick Charge 2.0 technology which can be through a standalone IC solution or through the PMIC power management integrated circuit of Snapdragon 800, 600, and 400 processors. Next, a compatible wall charger must also be used which contains specific circuitry to take advantage of this fast charging technology.

NTT DOCOMO will be providing its customers with new Quick Charge 2.0 wall chargers later this year which they can use with their compatible devices. Customers will still be able to use their old Quick Charge 1.0 charger on their devices however the time needed to fully charge the device will be longer.

After the introduction of this technology in Japan it is expected to be available to the rest of the world soon.

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Qualcomm rolls out Quick Charge 2.0 support in Japan, rest of the world to follow

Qualcomm has today announced that its expanding its Quick Charge ecosystem with the release of Quick Charge 2 in Japan. Local mobile network operator DOCOMO has integrated the technology in products that include smartphones, tablets and certified power adapters that are expected to be available later this year. The improved Quick Charge 2 will enable consumers to charge their devices at increased speeds.

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In Addition To Japan And Australia, Chromecast Also Comes To Belgium, Norway, Portugal, And Switzerland

Chromecast-ThumbToday’s a big day for Chromecast. Earlier today we reported that Google’s little magic media stick was ready to stream Hulu, Netflix, and Hulu to TVs in Japan and Austrialia. Now we see that the device has also arrived in Belgium, Norway, Portugal, and Switzerland as well.


People living in these countries can head over to the Play Store and virtually pick up the Chromecast for 35 euro. Given how the euro stacks up against the dollar, this is more expensive than the $35 we pay here in the US, but it’s still less than the price some other parts of the world have been stuck with.

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The Chromecast Is Now Available In Australia And Japan


So far the Chromecast dongle has been limited to being available in about a dozen countries, with most being either in North America or Europe. Now more countries can get one today, specifically Australia and Japan.

This is the same device as in other markets, but tailored for content available in these regions. In Australia the Chromecast costs AU$50 and is available directly on Google Play and retail outlets JB HiFi and Dick Smith.

In Japan the Chromecast costs 4200 yen and is available from Google Play and a few other places as well. To see where, read the official post on the Google Japan blog.

It’s always good to see more devices being available in more places. If you live in Australia or Japan, will you buy a Chromecast now that you can officially get one in your country?

Source: Google Japan and Ausdroid via Android Police

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Chromecast coming to Japan beginning tomorrow


If you live in Japan, we have some good news for you!

Google’s Chromecast, the highly successful HDMI dongle, will be available in the country starting tomorrow, May 28. It’ll cost ¥4,200 and availability will come from the Play Store as well as Amazon and others.

More and more apps for the Chromecast have been popping up in the Play Store since Google opened up the SDK for the device, so it’s more valuable and less-limited than ever.

Source: Google Japan

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Chromecast on sale in Japan from May 28

Good news this morning for folks over in Japan, that Google is finally making the Chromecast available there as of tomorrow, May 28. Announced on Google’s official Japanese blog, the Chromecast will cost ¥4,200 and will be available in the Google Play Store, Amazon and other retailers.

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Japan: the country where flip-phones refuse to die

The buttons are easier to type on, the battery lasts longer, it’s familiar. No, we’re not talking about BlackBerry this time, but the Japanese feature phone. Glorious, folding forefather to the smartphone, and the form-factor that gave birth to gara-kei, a shorthand phrase for “Galapagos phones”. It’s a negative term pointing to devices that simply wouldn’t survive outside of Japan. However, it’s not stopped the country’s biggest carrier, NTT Docomo, from revealing two new feature phone models (and a refreshed paint job for an older phone) just last week. Our Engadget Japanese colleagues were told by Docomo’s spokesman that these phones are still so popular with some customers that they practically sell themselves — many still enter their stores looking for a new flip-phone, not a smartphone.

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Pink Samsung Galaxy S5 Japan exclusive explained

That Samsung released a Pink edition of the Galaxy S5 comes as no shock. After all, it has done something like that before. But for some strange reason, it now felt the need to justify why it is being launched exclusively to Japan.

Samsung’s premise is that Japan loves pink. Maybe even love is an understatement. This adoration for the color, usually associated with all things cuddly and female (though psychologists my disagree), is seemingly justified by cherry blossoms, which Japan can hardly be blamed for, and Hello Kitty, which we can definitely blame Japan for. Samsung does say that there is really no need for a reason to love something, like pink for example. It just felt that it needs a reason to give a reason. It does have numbers to back it up, or so it says. A survey showed that pink registered as the most popular color for females. In contrast, Samsung has delegated black for males and white for unisex appeal. At least in Japan.

Regardless of Samsung’s motives or excuses, it will be releasing not one, but two pink Galaxy S5 smartphones for the Japanese market, depending on your carrier. Sweet Pink is what you would probably think of as pink, exuding a Soft Metallic Rose color and will be available from NTT DoCoMo. But for those under the KDDI carrier, they have different option. Champagne Pink mixes a bit of gold to give off a Warm Shiny Gold aura.


Other than those two color options, the Galaxy S5 that will be launching in Japan on the 15th of May will still be the same ones that went live in 150 countries simultaneously. It isn’t known, though quite unlikely, if Samsung will ever make these editions available elsewhere for those who love pink but aren’t Japanese or aren’t in Japan.

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Sony Announces Xperia A2 For NTT DoCoMo In Japan, May Be The Z2 Compact If It Launches Internationally

A2-ThumbSony has announced the Xperia A2 in Japan, where it will be available for NTT DoCoMo. This is the phone that could potentially be branded as the Z2 Compact if it ships internationally, though it’s far more similar to the Z1 Compact in power and size than the Z2. This device appears to be more about offering a more affordable offering than the same device in a smaller package.


The water and dust resistant Xperia A2 has a 4.3-inch display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage supplemented by a microSD card slot.

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Galaxy S5 lands in Japan, including shiny pink version

Not sold on the white, black, blue or gold versions of the Galaxy S5? If you’re living in Japan, today is your lucky day, as NTT Docomo has just unveiled a pink color variant of the Galaxy S5. The device will be offered alongside the more mainstream white and black color variations.

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Thumb-Shaped Stylus Makes Using Smartphones With Large Displays Easy

One of the best countries to visit for a vacation is Japan. The country has one of the best tech gadgets available for consumers, great food, and wonderful tourist attractions. The country is also known for its popular anime shows, Godzilla (which is going to be shown in theaters this week), and its numerous robot characters. Then there’s also the weird stuff that it’s known for and one of the latest weird product coming out of Japan is the thumb-shaped stylus.

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Smartphones today have increasing displays and sometimes it’s hard use them with one hand. If you happen to be in Japan right now then you can buy a thumb-shaped stylus which extends the thumb by as much as 15mm allowing the user to reach the top of the display and use the device with only one hand.

One situation where this is useful is if you are standing in a train. While one hand holds into the strap to support your balance, the other hand can use the smartphone easily and you can even play games on it. The ad for this accessory also says that sometimes by using an actual thumb the reaction of the smartphone screen may be slow, the thumb-shaped stylus allows for a quicker response time of the display.


This accessory is made of silicon with a dimension of 49mm x Diameter 25mm and a weight of 11 grams. It’s currently priced at ¥1,480 or roughly US$15.

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LG Isai officially released in Japan but not an LG G3 preview


LG officially released the LG Isai via KDDI in Japan yesterday. The smartphone is supposed to be a KDDI exclusive for that market. Historically LG’s Japanese phone releases have been a precursor to the release of new flagship devices around the world. Many people are expecting that to be the case again and are looking at the LG Isai to be a good indication of what the LG G3 will look like and what hardware will be included when released.

According to LG, the forthcoming LG G3 and the LG Isai are “completely different” products. Despite that claim, comparing images of the LG Isai to leaked images of the LG G3 reveal devices that appear to be very similar. That probably means the hardware is similar as well, like the 5.5-inch QHD display of the LG Isai.

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SEGA Dragon Coins drops monsters and coins into Android

It’s Pokemon meets, well, coins. Supposedly a big hit in Japan, SEGA is now bringing Dragon Coins to Android for people everywhere to enjoy.

Like some things that come from the land of the rising sun, Dragon Coins is a strange, though curious, mish mash of tried and tested troupes. On the one hand, you have the monster collecting and rearing genres popularized by the likes of Pokemon, Digimon, and other ‘mon suffixed titles. However, it forgoes the usual trading card game mechanics you’d find in mobile games today and instead opts for a totally disconnected “coin-dozer” gameplay that you would have seen in arcades of the past, or in Japan today.


The process is a bit simple, actually. You drop coins onto a platform and they get pushed to the edge. Depending on the location and rate of their fall, your own monsters get charged up to attack. Strategic coin placement can yield more attacks and combos, but it is also more of a game of luck and speed than anything else. Aside from that rather bizarre setup, you have your staples of monster-based games. You get to collect from hundreds of types of monsters, level them up, and watch them evolve further on. The artwork for the monsters is quite commendable, adding flavor and fun to this somewhat wacky game.

Dragon Coins is now up on Google Play Store, though it seems to be restricted to a few regions. The game is free for the taking, but, of course, you will be met by your usual in-app purchases inside.

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Sony Xperia XL2 announced in Japan


Today Sony officially announced the Xperia XL2, which has a number of great features, especially compared to its predecessor. The Xperia ZL2 will feature a 5″ 1080p display, similar to the original ZL.

Other specs of the device include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It will also ship with Android 4.4 with Sony’s UI over the top.

The device is surprisingly a little larger than the Xperia ZL measuring 137 x 72 x 10.8mm. Not only that but it’s also 16g heavier.

The camera of the device looks to be quite nice, with a 20.7MP rear-facing camera capable of recording 4K video. It will come in the same standard black and white colors that the previous model came in.

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Sony Introduces Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia ZL2 Smartphone In Japan

Sony has announced two new mobile devices that are expected to be released in the Japanese market. The first device is called the Xperia Z2 and is an Android tablet with a 10.1-inch display that comes in two versions. One version comes with Wi-Fi connectivity while another comes with an additional LTE/3G connectivity. The second device is called the Xperia ZL2 and is an Android smartphone that uses a Full HD 5-inch display.

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Xperia ZL2 Smartphone

The Xperia ZL2 Android smartphone is a device that has uses a 5-inch full-HD LCD Triluminos Display with a Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and X-Reality. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded using a microSD.

This device comes with a 20.7MP rear camera that features a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor with Bionz image processing technology. It is able to record 4K (3840×2160 pixels) videos. The device also comes with a 3.1MP front facing camera.

Other features of this device are a 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 3000mAh battery.

The Xperia ZL2 bears several similarities with the previously release Xperia Z2 smartphone. Aside from having a smaller display its other difference is its use of a slightly lower 3000mAh battery.

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Xperia Z2 Tablet

The Xperia Z2 tablet is a waterproof device that is thin and light. It comes with an IP58 certification which means that it is able to withstand being under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes without getting water damaged. It measures only 6.55mm thick making it one of the thinnest 10.1-inch tablets available in the market. In comparison the iPad Air measures 7.5mm while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 measures 7.9mm. It is also one of the lightest of its class weighing only 430g compared to the iPad Air which weighs 469g or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that weighs 540g.

The first thing consumers will notice about this device is that it has a rather large bezel. While the newly released devices in the market now comes with thin bezels Sony seems bring back the old ways of making tablets. The bezel however is offset by the beautiful 10.1-inch display that has a resolution of 1,920×1,200 pixels (224ppi). Despite being lower than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that has a 1,600×2,560 pixel screen (299ppi) or the  iPad Air that has 1,536x 2,049 pixels (264ppi) in its 9.7-inch screen  the Xperia Z2 comes with Triluminos and X-Reality technologies that enhances images on the screen.

A pair of speakers can be found at the front of the device creating a stereo effect and is surprisingly loud. It comes with Sony’s virtual surround technology, S-Force , that enhances the audio experience.

Both the Xperia ZL2 and the Xperia Z2 are expected to become available in the Japanese market this coming August. There’s no information yet if the ZL2 will become available internationally.

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Samsung, Nokia join 5G trials in Japan, but crazy speeds still far away

We hope you’re happy with 4G, because 5G’s magical land of unicorns and 10Gbps speeds still isn’t coming until 2020 or so. However, Japanese carrier DoCoMo is still hard at work developing the tech and has now begun trials with some formidable hardware allies. Those include Samsung (who already tested 1Gbps 5G hardware in Korea), along with Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, to name a few. The group aims to see if high frequency bands (greater than 6GHz) can support speeds up to 10Gbps, even if masses of devices in a small area are vying for bandwidth. The first tests will be limited to an indoor research facility in Japan, then move to outdoor field trials next year. DoCoMo hopes standardization will come in 2016, but there’s a lot of hurdles to clear before the mythical 1-second wireless movie download is upon us.

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LG launches the new Isai FL in Japan, showcasing its QuadHD display tech

Japanese mobile operator KDDI has partnered with LG to launch a new Android smartphone, the Isai FL. This mobile device is special due to the 5.5-inch display being of 2K (QuadHD) quality with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, what we’re expecting to see in the LG G3 when it eventually launches this year. If you’re eagerly awaiting the G3, this could be a small insight to tease you further.

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Sony Japan Announces SRS-X1 and SRS-X2 Portable Bluetooth Speakers With NFC

Sony Japan has just launched two new Bluetooth speakers with NFC called the SRS-X1 and the SRS-X2. Both speakers are designed to be easily paired with an Android device and can be used to play music indoors or outdoors.


The Sony SRS-X1 comes in white, black, pink and violet colors and has an IPX7 rating making it water resistant. It is best used for listening to music in the bathroom, kitchen, or at a swimming pool. This model has a spherical shape and has an output of 5 watts. Its battery life is expected to provide up to 12 hours of continuous music playback. Its dimensions are dimensions are 78mm × 80.5mm × 78mm and weighs 185 grams. This speaker will become available in Japan this coming June and will sell for 8,500 Yen + tax which is around $85.


The Sony SRS-X2 is the larger of both models having an output of 20W (10W + 10W). It doesn’t have a waterproof feature though so it is not designed to be used in areas that can get wet. This speaker has a Clear Audio+ feature which allows music to be played loud. It comes with a rated 5 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge which is less than half of what the SRS-X1 can provide. Its dimensions are 171mm × 60.5mm × 56.5mm and it has a weight of 500 grams. This speaker will become available in Japan this coming June and will sell for 9,500 Yen + tax which is around $95.

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Sony’s next ‘Compact’ could launch as Xperia A2 in Japan

Around a month ago we got the first hint of an updated Sony “Compact” smartphone heading to the Japanese market, as a handset codenamed “Atlair” passed through the FCC. And now we’re seeing more on the physical form of the handset, which might launch on local carrier Docomo as the “Sony Xperia A2.” Japanese blog ATRPG has published images from a Japanese brochure showing the Xperia A2 name alongside a device that looks very similar to the existing Xperia Z1 Compact.

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Sharp AQUOS 304SH boasts slim bezels on 5.2-inch display

As smarpthone manufacturers push displays to larger sizes, they are also trying to squeeze bezels out to let the screen take as much space as possible. Sharp‘s latest smarpthone, the AQUOS 304SH, boasts of a deadly screen and bezel size combo that seeks to dethrone the current titleholder.

There was a recent chart made that compares the different smartphones in the market in terms of the actual amount of area used up by the screen versus those occupied by bezels and buttons. At the very top is the LG G2, which has 75.7 percent of the front space dedicated to the display. Now Sharp is unveiling a contender to that title. The AQUOS 304SH sports a 5.2-inch 1080p screen but its bezels are so thin that display itself is believed to occupy as much as 79 percent of the area. If true, then this puts the AQUOS 304SH well ahead of the bezel shrinking race. Of course, the display uses Sharp’s power-efficient IGZO technology to make it even sweeter.


Of course, that isn’t the only thing going for this Sharp smartphone. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, albeit the slightly slower 2.3 GHz variant. There is 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The 13 megapixel rear camera has an aperture of f/1.9 and sports a “PureLED” flash, as well the usual camera features you’d find on other high-end smartphones, like HDR, photosphere, and the like. It boasts of an IPX5/IPX7 ingress protection rating and, for residents of Japan, it features the early warning system that was put into effect tsunami of 2011 as well as Full Seg terrestrial digital TV.


The Sharp AQUOS 304SH is scheduled for a May launch in Japan, though it is yet unknown if the company will every bring it to other markets. In Japan, it will have a price tag of 2,800 yen, around $28, with a two-year contract or 69,120 yen, roughly $675, without one.

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Two LG Isai FL photos leak, could be indicative of the G3 or even the Nexus 5 successor


This will raise some eyebrows. On Twitter, @evleaks posted an image of the upcoming LG Isai FL smartphone in white. The device, which he says will be “coming to au by KDDI in Japan,” keeps its bezel measurement to a minimum. A few hours after the image above was posted, @evleaks shared the Isai FL in blue.

Things get interesting thanks to the design of this device. Like the LG G2, the space between the display and the edge of the handset is very small. Also, LG’s rear buttons are back in action on this device. What is even more interesting is that the design language of this device is eerily similar to that of the Nexus 5. Just look at the shape and frame of this device. It closely resembles LG’s most recent Nexus.

Bezel-haters, rejoice: LG isai FL, coming to au by KDDI in Japan.

— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 15, 2014

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— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 15, 2014


What do you think? Is this device something for the LG G3 or Nexus 6 to resemble?

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Yelp Launches In Japan, Enables Spa And Salon Bookings, And Introduces In-App Video Overviews

Yelp-ThumbYelp has come to Japan, which means residents can now create accounts at and begin the tedious but necessary work of leaving nasty reviews for perceived slights from waiters and waitresses everywhere. Japan is the second Asian country to gain access to Yelp, with Singapore being the first back in 2012. Following this announcement, it only makes sense that the Yelp team added the ability to search using emoji when they did.

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Sharp Aquos Xx 302Sh Has An 80.5% Screen-To-Body-Size Ratio

One of the popular Android smartphone brands in Japan is Sharp which has been releasing several top notch models lately. While we rarely see their devices sold in the international market we are hoping that this particular model that the company has announced will be sold outside of Japan as well.

Sharp Aquos Xx 302Sh

Sharp has recently introduced its flagship model called the Sharp Aquos Xx 302Sh which is a 5.2-inch smartphone running on Android 4.2 and is unfortunately going to be a Softbank exclusive device.

What makes this device standout is that it is much more compact than the Samsung Galaxy S5 with its measurements of 132mm long and 70mm wide while having an IP57 rating. This rating means that it is protected from dust as well as water immersions. It is being called as the world’s most compact full-fledged flagship model that money can buy and has a screen-to-body ratio of 80.5%.

Technical Specifications

  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Display: 5.2-inches S-CG Silicon LCD system (16.77 million colors), Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Processor: Qualcomm 800 MSM8974 2.2GHz (quad-core)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • ROM: 32GB
  • Rear Camera: 16.3MP with a super-wide, f/1.9 aperture
  • Front Camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2600mAh

If the Sharp Aquos Xx 302Sh already looks very impressive from the outside then it is equally impressive inside. Its internal specifications make it able to compete with the flagship models of other manufacturers.

On the display front it uses Sharp’s IGZO display which allows for higher pixel densities while consuming less power.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm 800 MSM8974 quad core processor that has a clock speed of 2.2 GHz. This is one of the most powerful quad core mobile processors available in the market today that provides a more efficient multi-tasking experience.

Its use of a 2GB RAM allows for multiple apps to be opened at the same time while maintaining a smooth user experience.  Storage space is limited to 32GB however if this isn’t enough then it can be expanded further by using a microSD.

The rear camera of this device is very impressive as it is able to take in more light allowing for a higher quality photo even on low lighting conditions. Its auto focus time is also only 0.5 seconds which means that users will be able to capture moments instantly.

Those who love taking selfies will definitely love the 12MP front facing camera which is not only perfect in making video calls but also in taking self-photos.

The Sharp Aquos Xx 302Sh is available in Japan for $670.

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An updated Sony ‘Compact’ could be headed to Japan

The small but mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact might have only just arrived in the West, but it’s old news in Japan, where it’s been available since December under the Xperia Z1 f monicker. And there are already signs a refreshed “Compact” might be on its way to Japanese shores, as a Docomo-bound Sony miniature has just passed through the FCC.



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Japanese phones will soon get alerts for inbound missiles and other attacks

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The Japanese get phone alerts for natural disasters, but they have more than that to worry about these days with an occasionally belligerent North Korea just a stone’s throw away. Accordingly, Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency says that it will soon warn phone owners when there’s a hostile missile launch, a terrorist attack or a similar human-made threat to their region. The new alerts will use the disaster technology from before, so residents won’t have to worry about software upgrades when the warning system takes effect on April 1st. Locals hopefully won’t ever see the system put to use, but it’s good to know that it exists.

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[New Game] Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster Gets Funky On The Nvidia Shield For A Whopping $14.99

wWonder Momo is one of those things that’s popular in Japan, but less so elsewhere. There was an arcade game in the late 80s, an ongoing web comic, and a few game ports on other devices (also for Japan). Now we can all get a look at the weirdness that is Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster. All you need is an Nvidia Shield and 15 bucks.

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This is a side-scrolling beat ‘em up wherein you take on the role of Momoko, a schoolgirl turned “powersuit hero.” Yes, a Japanese schoolgirl.

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Nokia X Series not coming to the US, Korea, Canada, or Japan


If you were hoping to get your hands on the newly announced, Android carrying Nokia X series, and you live in North America, Korea or Japan we’ve got some bad news for you. According to Jussi Nevanlinna, VP for mobile phone marketing, it’s not going to happen. As he put it:

“These are global products, which will be available pretty much everywhere except North America, Korea and Japan.”

Whether it’s because Nokia doesn’t think it can crack markets that are already established with flagship and mid-tier phones, or it just wants to focus on emerging markets is anyone’s guess. Given that the devices will  range from €89 to €109 ($121.59 to $148.92), they are certainly budget friendly. That being said, more Nokia X devices are in the work, with the hopes to push the price even further down.

It’s certainly a blow to those of us in these established markets who wanted to try a Nokia Android device.

source: GSM Arena

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Nokia X series to skip the U.S., Canada, Japan and South Korea

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We’re sure you know about the Nokia X trio of smartphones by now after the Finnish manufacturer announced the handsets at the MWC earlier this Monday. However, bad news awaits customers in the U.S., Canada, South Korea and Japan as the company has announced its intentions to not launch the smartphones in these regions. The trio of Nokia X devices will reportedly be targeted towards crucial markets of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Latin American region.

This information comes straight from the Nokia VP for mobile marketing, Jussi Nevanlinna so it can’t get any more official than this. This is quite disappointing news for fans of the aforementioned regions and we think Nokia missed a trick by leaving these regions out of the list. The demand would definitely be there in these countries despite the likes of Samsung and LG dominating the Android sphere. But given the low price tag at €89 ($122), €99 ($135) and €109 ($149), Nokia probably thinks these devices have a better shot at succeeding in developing markets.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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