Sony Xperia Z1 f (Xperia Z1 Mini) and Samsung Galaxy J officially announced in Japan
Oct10

Sony Xperia Z1 f (Xperia Z1 Mini) and Samsung Galaxy J officially announced in Japan

Three days ago, a leak suggested that the small version of the Sony Xperia Z1 was headed to Japan under the moniker Xperia Z1 f, and that it would be joined by the Samsung Galaxy J in Docomo’s roster. That’s been made official today. In designing a ‘mini’ version of its flagship, Sony thankfully opted to go a different route than Samsung (the company that first did such a thing with the Galaxy S III Mini from...

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Sony Xperia Z1 f (Honami Mini / Z1 Mini) confirmed for Japan. Samsung Galaxy J leaks
Oct07

Sony Xperia Z1 f (Honami Mini / Z1 Mini) confirmed for Japan. Samsung Galaxy J leaks

Every sane person in the world is hoping that Sony isn’t actually going to name the ‘Mini’ version of its Xperia Z1 flagship Xperia Z1 f. However, that’s getting more likely by the day. It’s a near certainty for the company’s home market of Japan, at least. That’s because over the weekend some pictures of DoCoMo’s upcoming smartphone lineup have surfaced, and they clearly show the phone...

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus II, LG Optimus Nexus, and Sony Xperia Nexus all coming this year?
Aug21

Samsung Galaxy Nexus II, LG Optimus Nexus, and Sony Xperia Nexus all coming this year?

A while back a rumor did the rounds that said that Google would launch no less than five different Nexus smartphones this fall, to celebrate five years having passed from the initial Open Handset Alliance announcement. However, months went on and we’ve heard nothing about any new Nexus smartphone. Until today, that is. Earlier the Samsung GT-I9260 leaked, and it looked like it would be but a minor revision to the Galaxy Nexus....

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LG Optimus it (L-05D) arrives in Japan on June 30 with dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor
Jun26

LG Optimus it (L-05D) arrives in Japan on June 30 with dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor

Ready for yet another LG smartphone called Optimus something? Well, here you go then. The Optimus it (better known by its model number L-05D) is currently on its way to Japan, where it will be sold exclusively by NTT Docomo, that country’s leading carrier. The LG Optimus it, strange name aside, is a pretty run-of-the-mill affair in terms of specs. The only thing really standing out is the dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960...

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NTT Docomo showcases transparent OLED screen that has touch sensors on both sides
May31

NTT Docomo showcases transparent OLED screen that has touch sensors on both sides

Your weekly dose of tech that could be pervasive in the future, or it could forever be an interesting concept comes from Japan. You might quickly want to add ‘Where else?’ to that, yet the truth is that the land far away has in the past few years ceded some of its cool credentials to South Korea, Taiwan, and China. Leave it to NTT Docomo, one of the mobile companies with the highest R&D budgets in the world, to impress...

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LTE-focused mobile CPU joint-venture set up by Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, and NTT DoCoMo axed
Apr02

LTE-focused mobile CPU joint-venture set up by Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, and NTT DoCoMo axed

Back in December, Samsung joined quite a few Japanese companies in declaring that they’re working to create a processor joint-venture that would be focused on designing LTE-capable chipsets for mobile devices. Alongside Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, and NTT Docomo (Japan’s largest carrier) were supposed to invest in this new company. NTT Docomo set up a wholly owned subsidiary called Communication Platform Planning...

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus to be released in Japan on NTT DoCoMo December 2nd
Nov30

Samsung Galaxy Nexus to be released in Japan on NTT DoCoMo December 2nd

It seems as though the US will be the last country to finally receive the Galaxy Nexus on a dedicated carrier. The device is already available in Europe and is now ready to hit Japan. NTT DoCoMo will be carrying the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus starting Friday, December 2nd. If you are unfamiliar with the Galaxy Nexus, it spots a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280×720 resolution, 32GB of...

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Sharp AQUOS SH-01D heading to NTT DoCoMo with 3D HD display
Nov29

Sharp AQUOS SH-01D heading to NTT DoCoMo with 3D HD display

After we heard the other day that NTT DoCoMo would be offering the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, we have more good news to customers of the Japanese carrier. The Sharp AQUOS SH-01D will be available December 2nd according to press release issued by the carrier. Although it lacks the LTE support of the Galaxy S II LTE, the Sharp AQUOS SH-01D still packs quite a punch with its 12.1 megapixel camera in the rear, a 1GHz dual-core processor,...

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LG Optimus Pad will launch in Japan first, on March 31
Mar28

LG Optimus Pad will launch in Japan first, on March 31

The LG Optimus Pad (also known as the T-Mobile G-Slate in the US) is finally going to start shipping later this week. The tablet will first become available in Japan from NTT DoCoMo, a carrier that will launch it even before T-Mobile in the US (that has yet to even confirm a release date). NTT DoCoMo has announced today that the LG Optimus Pad will be sold in its stores starting on March 31. However, it’s possible that not all...

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Japanese consortium to launch new mobile app platform for Symbian and Linux smartphones
Apr26

Japanese consortium to launch new mobile app platform for Symbian and Linux smartphones

At least six Japanese companies have teamed up to create a new mobile application platform targeting Symbian and Linux mobile operating systems. The group consists of NTT DoCoMo, Renesas Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile and Sharp. As to why these six particular companies decided to work with each other, it’s still not clear. But current mobile phone manufacturers Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Sharp...

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