It is now just after midnight in Tokyo, and that means the official release date of the first new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handset has come.Â The Fujitsu IS12T has now officially hit the market (although I suspect most stores selling the handset are now quite closed).
The smartphoneâ€™s stand-out features includes being water-resistant (IPX5/8) and dust-resistant (IP5X) technology, a 13.2 megapixel camera with smooth HD video recording and 32 GB of storage in a slim 10.6 mm thick body.
Nanapho notes the road for the device may not be that smooth in Japan, with many WP7.5 services not working there, including local scout, voice command, Bing Maps and even Marketplace has only 5000 apps there.
Would our readers buy this phone if it was brought over to the west? Let us know below.
Read the full press release here.
Shinobu Takahashi, Windows Phone developer evangelist of Microsoft Japan, has however tweeted that its release is a top priority for Microsoft.
Hopefully Microsoft will get it out in time for Japanese customers to have a few quality Mango apps to go along with their Mango phones.
Japanese SDK RC was already released with English ver. They worked hard to release Japanese RC at top priority.
I guess Microsoft finishing Windows Phone 7.5 early has caught KDDI a bit flat footed, as they have been insisting their first Windows Phone 7 handset, the Fujitsu IS12T will be launching in September, despite all evidence to the contrary.
They have now finally released a statement noting that the handset will be available in stores starting August 25th.
KDDI, Okinawa Cellular, since August 25, 2011, a new line-up of au smartphones, "Windows Phone IS12T" (Production: Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications Inc.) to begin selling sequentially.
"Windows Phone IS12T" is a smartphone with Windows Phone 7.5 against water and dust for the first time in Japan. In addition to the light action, with a megapixel camera’s highest 13.20 smartphone, and also 32GB internal memory, and finished in a compact size with rich specifications adopted. View and edit Microsoft Office documents and more, of course, can share data stored in the cloud service operated by Microsoft’s Windows Live SkyDrive Free. It is also an attractive smartphone with such expressive power of the Internet browser technology latest version of Internet Explorer Â® 9 and PC-rich applications.
Launch date for each region, please visit the au website.
Its official then â€“ Mango season is kicking off in 2 days time!
Read more at Nanapho.jp.
Tezawaly from Nanapho.jp has managed to catch a whole treasure trove of Fujitsu IS12T Windows Phone 7.5 handsets all lined up and ready to be purchased on the 25th August.
The devices were found in the Biccamera Yurakucho store in Tokyo are unfortunately were not charged.
While the phones will be relatively expensive for westerners the are not far off par for the course in Japan, and Tezawaly notes there is some excitement in Japan for these handsets, soÂ hopefullyÂ the launch will go well for Fujitsu.
If the Fujitsu IS12T is here next week, can the rest be far off?
Nanapho reports that rumours are building for an August 25 release of the Fujitsu IS12T, making it likely the first Windows Phone 7.5 handset released anywhere in the world.
Apparently stores are already taking reservations for the handsets, and the Nishikasai au shop is claiming "it will be released August 25" posted, and even Twitter accounts tweets have.
2011/08/17 (Wed.) we will be released ? IS12T ~ Windows fone ~ has finally released the latest model information ?! ! ? This phone will be released in stores August 25, we accepted from today preordered! You may want to come, ? I please buy
The official site is still claiming September 2011 but events may overtake that after all.
Read more at Nanapho.jp here.
If anyone has been labouring under the misconception that Windows Phone 7 mango handsets will be cheap the recently leaked price of the Fujitsu IS12T will came as a rude awakening.
One of KDDIs subsidiary stores posted the price list for the device, and it shows the handset to be $958 off contract, $753 for new subscribers and $458 on a two year contract, with new subscribers getting the handset for $252.
Of course all this does buy one a 13 megapixel camera and 32 GB of storage in a dual CDMA and GSM device, not to mention available in multiple colours and waterproof, but even for the Japanese market the price appears on the expensive side.
Of course ultimately, if we want all the features we have to pay for them also, but certainly the high price of this handset will not help it undercut similar Android offerings.
It is now official that we will not have to wait too long for the first Windows Phone 7 handset to show up, with KDDIâ€™s website confirming the handset is coming in September 2011.
Hopefully the handset will be part of a wave of devices released in the same month, finally getting the Mango train on the road.
The above video shows the Japanese text entry system in Windows Phone 7 Mango, which is apparently one of the unique features of the Fujitsu IS12T and developed by Microsoft after exhaustive research.
The system uses uses a flick of the finger at the end of the curve to add accent sounds essential to cover the full range of Japanese pictographs, and clearly works pretty well.
It is somewhat a pity Microsoft does not bring these text entry innovations, which includes handwriting recognition in some regions, to the western keyboards also.Â I would not mind capitalizing with a flick for example myself.
According to itmediaÂ Microsoft Japan General Manager, Mr Nobuyoshi YokoiÂ has said the Fujitsu IS12T will be launching later in September, possibly giving us a time frame for the other Windows Phone 7.5 handsets also.
“Since the publication, are getting great response. It was about the same reaction when Japan announced Windows 7″ Yokoi said.
Hidden in Â the Fujitsu IS12T’s big bag of tricks is a neat feature which could help save the lives of Japanese owners.
According to Nanapho.jp the phone comes with an earthquake warning system which would alert owners to earthquakes in the area and allow them to seek shelter or move to higher ground if there is a risk of a tsunami.
The system is widespread in Japan but its implementation is unique to Toshiba and Fujitsu phones.
The system will allow the alert to be saved as an SMS message, to forward to friends and family as needed.
The Fujitsu IS12T is of course the first Windows Phone 7 Mango handset, the first Windows Phone 7 handsetÂ that’sÂ waterproof, and also the one with the highest megapixel camera.
Read more at NanaPho.jp here.
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The new square Windows Phone 7 Logo has been bubbling under for some time now, showing up in various presentations by Microsoft and also featuring in the current Mango boot-up screen.
Now Japanese Microsoft Windows Phone Evangalist Â Takahashi’s on his MSDN blogÂ has confirmed that this will be the new logo for Windows Phone 7 going forward, for all builds above 7700.
Besides Red the logo is also available in Blue, Green and “Mango”.
The square logo certainly feels a lot more modern than the current round button. Â Do our readers agree? Let us know below.
Tezawaly from Nanapho.jp have shot some pictures of the Fujitsu IS12T in action. The handset is on display at KDDIâ€™s Designer Studio and is running WP7 Mango 7716, further along than the 7712 that has been released to devs but a bit short of the 7720 which is apparently the RTM version.
The screen shot above shows the rumoured hidden WIFI setting, which allows up to 3 SSIDs to be included. Interestingly it notes hidden SSIDs consume more battery life, which may explain why the WP7 team has left it out for so long.
The post at Nanapho.jp also shows numerous pictures of the handset in action running English as the display language, if anyone has the urge to import the waterproof handset. Unfortunately it is still a CDMA handset with GSM roaming, so will likely work less than optimally most other places.
Read more at Nanapho.jp here.
Taking the tile theme to a new extreme, KDDI’s Fujitsi IS12T ad teases the tile interface of Windows Phone 7. Â While not as energetic as Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 ads in the west, they seem to exude a bit more eastern allure.
What do our readers think? Â A win or not?
Thanks Hussein for the tip.
CAVE, a legendary Japanese developer of arcade games, whoâ€™se games often featuring their trademark â€œbullet hell shooterâ€ game play, appears to have signed up, with 36 other developers, to bring apps to Windows phone 7.
CAVE already has a high profile on the app store, with games such as Espgaluda II (above) , DoDonPachi Resurrection, Deathsmiles and Mushihimesama Bug Panic already in the iPhone App store, but its Windows Phone 7 game is said to be an exclusively developed game.
According to a post by KDDI on Facebook at KDDIâ€™s Designing Studios lucky Japanese Windows Phone 7 fans can lay their hands on a Fujitsu IS12T right now.
The post reads:
From today on, real units of IS12T will be shown at KDDI Designing Studio. I’m coming near you!
Directions to the location can be found here.
Any Windows Phone 7 users on the island can let us know their experience of the handset below, and don’t forget to take and upload some example pictures.
As KDDI has announced the first Windows Phone Fujitsu IS12T as expected, take a look at the impressive specs of the device specs,
|Manufacturer||Toshiba Mobile Communications,
|Color||Magenta, citrus, black|
|OS||Windows Phone 7.5|
|Size (HWD)||118mm Ã— 59mm Ã— 10.6mm (13.3 mm) (13.3 mm around thickest part).|
|Talk time||Approximately 400 minutes|
|Continuous Standby Time||Approximately 210 hours|
|Screen Size (resolution)||Type 3.7 (WVGA 800 Ã— 480 dots)|
|Camera||LED Megapixel 1320, AF, LED high-intensity flash|
|Memory (RAM / ROM)||512MB/32GB (internal)|
|External memory slot||- -|
|Dustproof / waterproof||IPX5/IPX8,IP5X IPX5/IPX8, IP5X|
|Communication network||CDMA2000 1Ã—EV-DO Rev.A CDMA2000 1 Ã— EV-DO Rev.A (Multi Carrier)|
|Wi-Fi||IEEE 802.11b/g/n IEEE 802.11b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||2.1 + EDR|
|Touchscreen||Electrostatic multi-touch, anti-fingerprint coat|
|External Interface||microUSB (USB2.0HS), DLNA , 3.5mm earphone jack|
Now those complaining about the Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, this is the same as the one in the HTC Thunderbolt, released in March this year, and we all know Windows Phone 7 does not need that dual core battery drainage.
The event is expected to unveil the much leaked Fujitsu IS12T, which Tezawaly also uncovered in the commented out code of the KDDI website, showing a small picture of the device in yellow.
We have already seen the smartphone in pink, suggesting the waterproof handset will come in multiple colours.
While 1 am UK time is a but past my bed time, the event should be pretty comfortable to watch at 8pm EDT today for those on the east coast of USA 5 pm on the west coast.
Thanks Tezawaly for the tip.