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Samsung’s logos absent on the Japanese S6 and S6 Edge


While company and carrier logos are a hot button for people in the United States — thank you Verizon — it may not be that way across the rest of the planet. Even so, Samsung is doing something different in Japan and removing all of its company logos from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices sold there. Instead, the devices are being branded differently.

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Samsung Galaxy J looks to be a Japan exclusive device with three different color options

Samsung Galaxy J

A new Samsung Galaxy device has leaked and appears to be heading to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo either late this year or early next year. It’s called the Galaxy J, and it’s looking like a mash-up of features from Samsung’s other high-end devices. It sports a full HD 5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, and 2 GB of RAM, like the Galaxy S 4. It also features a waterproof casing, like the S 4 Active, and the device is shaped like a slightly smaller Galaxy Note 3 (although there’s no S Pen here, unfortunately). It will supposedly have 32 GB of built-in storage plus a MicroSD card slot and a crazy 20.7 megapixel camera. Toss in a 3,000 mAh battery and you’ve got a Frankenstein device of every high-end phone Samsung has released this year. Oh, and it’ll be available in Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue.

The Galaxy J looks like a really solid, high-end device, but I’m just not sure where this fits into Samsung’s portfolio. If it has all of the extra bells and whistles that the standard S 4 has, it seems like it would completely cannibalize S 4 and Active sales wherever this is released. On the other hand, if it’s lacking some of the more marketable features of the S 4 like the Air View stuff, it doesn’t make sense to get this device when you could just pick up a Galaxy S 4. Hopefully Samsung will make this device official and we’ll get a bit more info on it.

source: Techno Buffalo

Samsung officially outs Blue Arctic Galaxy S 4 in Japan

galaxy s4 arctic blue

 Some rumors earlier this week pointed to Japanese carrier Docomo getting a blue variant of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Samsung released several different colors of its Galaxy S III, so it’s not much of a surprise to see new colors already popping up, especially as carrier exclusives. Today, the blue version of the device, dubbed Arctic Blue, was made official, and Android Beat did an excellent hands on video comparing the black and blue variants of the device. I used to think the black S4 looked a bit blue in the right light, but putting it side by side with an actual blue phone definitely changed my mind.

No word on if the color will make its way to other shores, or if there’s any other colors in the works, but knowing Samsung, we’ll probably see it elsewhere with a few new colors before long. Hit the source below to check out the hands on video. Anyone want an Arctic Blue S4, or would you rather hold out for another color?

source: Android Beat

Panasonic announces the Eluga smartphone for Europe, P-04D and 102P for Japan

A few months ago Panasonic made it clear they wanted to sell smartphones outside of Japan, and shortly after, a water/dust proof device was revealed for this spring. Panasonic just made it official with the unveiling of the Eluga (pictured above) for Europe.

Panasonic also just announced the P-04D for NTT DoCoMo and 102P for Softbank which are both the same device as the Eluga, but is also the same device as the P-05D Disney Phone for NTT DoCoMo we showed you a couple of weeks ago. The only difference (other than colors) we know of is the Eluga gets NFC while the Japanese models get the Felica chip. All models should be available in March.

The big news is they’re going to be only 7.8mm thick and weigh 103 grams. To achieve this, Panasonic is putting in a 1150mAh battery, which is pretty small based on today’s standards.

Hit the break for a pic of the P-04D and full specs

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Deal Alert: Docomo Offering Free Extended Battery and Special Edition Battery Door Cover For The Galaxy Nexus

If you can meet just two simple conditions you can land yourself a free special edition Google battery cover along with a pocket charger for your Galaxy Nexus. The offer stands for the first 20,000 applicants and the conditions are you have to be a resident in Japan and you have to own one of the Japanese Docomo SC-04D models of the Galaxy Nexus.  Based on the pics in the flier, it looks like a “miharu takizakura” tree is etched or printed on the battery cover, but it still looks pretty cool.  This seems to be an effort on Docomo’s part to generate more Galaxy Nexus sales, so be sure to ask for the free accessories if you’re in the market for a G-Nex.  Hit the source link for information on the offer.

All that being said, if you’re a US resident and want to get in on some battery door etching, check out our post where we mentioned the IndieGoGo start up project and scored our logo on the battery cover.  Show your support by ordering one today.

source: Docomo G-Nex Page
via: Android Community 

Disney On DoCoMo Brand Officially Launched, Debuts Two Solid Smartphones



In case you’ve forgotten, Disney launched Android smartphones in Japan last year. Apparently Disney’s venture is a resounding success because they are set to collaborate with mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo and form the Disney Mobile on DoCoMo brand. Disney will start off with two new Android-powered handsets launching over the next couple of months and features exclusive content from Disney such as full-length animations and games. The first device is the F-08D which is a “luxury smartphone” featuring a 4.3-inch HD LCD display, dual cameras and a snappy 1.2Ghz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 CPU. The F-08D will be available in pink or white next month with preorders opening up February 17th. The next device is the P-05D, which features a slim 7.8mm thick frame, rear camera and 4.3-inch OLED screen all powered by a dual-core 1Ghz processor that will launch sometime in March. Hit the break for the full presser. Read more

Japan will receive 3G compatibility on new Sony tablets

Serving over 58 million customers in Japan, NTT DOCOMO is a “world-leading” provider of advanced wireless networks. Starting this fall they will offer 3G connectivity to customers in Japan who purchase one of the new Sony tablets. Both tablet “S” and tablet “P” are Wi-Fi and 3G capable allowing users to easily access a wireless network almost everywhere they go. With the ability for each device to play PlayStation certified games and stream video from Sonys’ Video Unlimited, DOCOMO wants to keep you readers in Japan even more occupied now that a 3G signal will be available.

Both tablets will be available this October or November through DOCOMO shops, DOCOMO’s online shop, and Sony Stores. Pre-orders will start by the middle of October at docomo shops.

Full press release after the break:

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Fujitsu waterproof Arrows Tab F-01D LTE tablet can go to the beach without fear

When it rains are you afraid to take your tablet out? How about when you are at the beach? Fujitsu will take care of your fears with its new Arrows Tab F-01D tablet. It packs a 10.1-inch (1280 x 768) display, a TI IMAP4430 1GHz dual-core processor, a pair of CMOS cameras, 16GB storage, micro-USB, microSD card slot, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Most of all, it is in a waterproof housing.

It hasn’t officially been announced , but it expected to launch in Japan on NIT DoCoMo in September. It is rumored to have UMTS, HSPA, and LTE connectivity, along with GSM and GPRS for roaming abroad.

We have no idea on pricing but we will keep you posted. Hopefully there will be enough money leftover to book a trip to the Bahamas.

[via engadget]

NEC MEDIAS WP N-06C launching with NTT DoCoMo – thin is in.

nec medias wp n-06c

NTT DoCoMo has announced a new Android 2.3 device which is actually thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S II AND is waterproof! Now you have no excuse to get a new phone when you drop yours in the sink full of suds. The NEC MEDIAS WP N-06C (whew, that is a crazy name) is running Gingerbread, has a 4 inch TFT LCD touchscreen with 854×480 resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM, 5 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

Along with the specs seen below, you’ll notice that the device comes in three odd color options (from left to right above) “Amadana Brown”, “Premium rose”, and “Champagne Gold”. Or as we would call, ugly brown, pink and silver. The thickness changes once you’re up over the camera from 7.9mm to about 9.7mm, where the Samsung Galaxy S II is at 8.49mm. Regardless, that device is thin enough to make Kate Moss jealous.

nec medias specs

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Sharp jumps on board with the Aquos SH-12C 3D, Android 2.3


In line with a couple other recently developed Android powered 3D smartphones, such as the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D, comes the Sharp Aquos SH-12C. This new Gingerbread device comes packed with, 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB ROM, 4.2 inch qHD (540 x 960) display, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, and dual 8 megapixel rear facing cameras and 3.2 front facing camera.

This phone will be available in black or white, and is slated to drop on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo Inc, May 20. Hopefully not far down the road we’ll see a version of this device hit the US.

[via bgr]