arrows z p Fujitsu Toshiba launches 720p screen touting Arrows Z Android handset in Japan

Once again Japan gets the latest and greatest toys to play with ahead of the rest of the world and if the latest Android handset from Fujitsu-Toshiba's soon to end mobile partnership is anything to go by, the future is, uhm, pink? Ok, so there is a pink option, but the real selling point of the new handset is 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution display and the 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP4430 SoC at its core, features that should become commonplace on high-end smartphones next year.

Once again Japan gets the latest and greatest toys to play with ahead of the rest of the world and if the latest Android handset from Fujitsu-Toshiba's soon to end mobile partnership is anything to go by, the future is, uhm, pink? Ok, so there is a pink option, but the real selling point of the new handset is 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution display and the 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP4430 SoC at its core, features that should become commonplace on high-end smartphones next year.


arrows z p Fujitsu Toshiba launches 720p screen touting Arrows Z Android handset in Japan

The new handset is called Arrows Z and launched today on KDDI au in Japan. It's highly unlikely that there will be a version of the handset for sale outside of Japan though, so we're just going to have to kick back and wait for something similar to come out from one of Google's other Android partners. That said, the Arrows Z is already far from the fastest phone out there, but it does have a few features that stand out such as a waterproof body, a built in digital TV-tuner, an e-wallet function and support for DRM protected video streaming.

The Arrows Z also supports WiMAX and CDMA 1xEV-DO and 14.4Mbit/s HSDPA connectivity. It does of course sport 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, although somewhat disappointingly it only has Bluetooth 2.1. In typical retro Japanese style it also has support for IrDA. 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage memory is pretty much par for the course, although the 13 Megapixel CMOS camera with a Sony Exmor R for mobile sensor is quite impressive. There's also a front mounted 1.3 Megapixel camera for video calls, an FM transmitter, an HDMI port, a micro USB port and a micro SDHC card slot.


arrows z b Fujitsu Toshiba launches 720p screen touting Arrows Z Android handset in Japan

Another disappointing feature, despite its fairly large size at 128x64x10mm, the 134g heavy Arrows Z only sports a meagre 1,460mAh battery which is a poor show on what is otherwise a very high-end handset. Still, most of the features on offer isn't like to appear on any single competing handset for now, although we do expect to see more devices with 1280×720 screens by the end of this year or early next year. Some of the other features, not so much, especially as many of them are unique to the Japanese market.

Source: KDDI au