Samsung Gear S WiFi only variant hits Japan

Samsung has launched a WiFi only variant of the Gear S in Japan for ¥38,880 ($330). The WiFi-only version of the Gear S is currently offered by Japanese carrier KDDI au while the and NTT DoCoMo is selling the SIM card slot equipped Gear S.

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NTT Docomo introduces 72 Mbps premium Wi-Fi service for travelers to Japan

NTT Docomo Wi-Fi for travellers

NTT Docomo has introduced premium Wi-Fi service for visitors or travellers to Japan. It promises download speed of up to 72 Mbps, and lets users access Wi-Fi in hotspots in over 150,000 locations such as train stations, airports, cafes and other sightseeing spots, including the iconic Mt. Fuji in Japan. Continue reading “NTT Docomo introduces 72 Mbps premium Wi-Fi service for travelers to Japan”

Japan Display starts mass production of IPS-NEO displays for mobile products

Japan Display Inc (JDI) has announced that it has commenced mass production of IPS-NEO panels for mobile products. IPS-NEO panels are characterized by higher contrast displays and consistent color reproduction through wide viewing angles.

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NTT Docomo unveils 12 new devices, to launch VoLTE service in June

NTT Docomo Summer 2014 lineup

NTT Docomo has announced 12 new devices in their summer lineup. The company also announced that it would roll out Japan’s first Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service beginning late-June. This would require Xi (read “crossy”) network that would offer high-quality voice and video calls also enable user receive Area Mail disaster-information notifications while making VoLTE voice/video calls. Continue reading “NTT Docomo unveils 12 new devices, to launch VoLTE service in June”

Japan Display now shipping samples of 10.1 4K displays

Japan Display is one of leading producers of smartphone displays and the Japanese company has now started shipping the samples of its 10.1inch 4K displays. The 10.1inch LCD display has a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels ( 3840 – horizontal and 2160 – vertical) and the display is being called 4K2K display. We are yet to see 4K TVs become mainstream, but the 4K fever has already started catching on to the tablet industry.

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Corning announces production shift from Japan to Korea

Corning, the company that manufactures the Gorilla Glass protection on your smartphones has announced that it is moving its production of Gorilla Glass from Shizuoka, Japan to its facility in Asan, Korea. Corning expects the entire production shift to be completed by 2015.

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Sony sells off VAIO PC division, hopes to concentrate on smartphones and tablets

Yesterday there was news floating around the Internet that Steve Jobs wanted Sony VAIO laptops to run Mac OS X back in the 2000s and also there were rumors that Sony is looking to sell of their VAIO PC division. Today, Sony has officially confirmed that they are selling off their VAIO division. Back in April 2012, Sony had announced that they will be reforming their strategy and as a part of the process, they have identified three core areas  – imaging, game and mobile business.

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Sony launches WiFi only Xperia Z Ultra in Japan

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The long rumored and anticipated WiFi only version of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is now official and the mini tablet will soon be available in Sony’s home turf of Japan. Priced at a smidgen under $500, you get a 6.4 inch Triluminos Display, Snapdragon 800 processor that make for a very handy device that is almost a tablet, just a bit more portable. The IP58 certification, slim shell further contribute to making it a rather interesting miniature tablet. In our Xperia Z Ultra review we found it to be just a bit too big to be used as a phone, with the radio components out of the picture, we should be able to look at the Z Ultra WiFi edition in a new light ie as a very portable tablet like crossover device.  Continue reading “Sony launches WiFi only Xperia Z Ultra in Japan”

NTT Docomo to launch 150 Mbps Xi LTE service in Japan

NTT Docomo Xi LTE

NTT Docomo has started testing their enhanced Xi (read “Crossy”) LTE service that would offer download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps. The first trial run would being in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture from July 30th . Apart from improving the LTE service NTT Docomo has expanded their current 112.5 Mbps Xi LTE service to more than 130 cities in Japan as of this month. NTT Docomo launched the first Xi LTE service back in December 2010 that offered download speeds of up to 75 Mbps. It was upgraded gradually. Continue reading “NTT Docomo to launch 150 Mbps Xi LTE service in Japan”

Sony Xperia UL with 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor announced for Japan

Sony Xperia UL

Sony Mobile has announced the Xperia UL (SOL22) for Japan. It has a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) Reality display with mobile Bravia Engine 2, powered by 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ 8064 processor with Adreno 320 GPU and runs on 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has a 13.1-megapixel rear camera with BSI Exmor RS sensor Sensor, LED Flash and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. The rear camera can capture 15 burst shots per second. It has IPX5/8 and IPX5 ratings for water and dust resistance. Sony announced the Xperia A, a mid-range Android smartphone with a 4.55-inch HD display in Japan recently.

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Sony Xperia A with 4.6-inch HD display announced in Japan

Sony Xperia A

Sony Mobile has announced the Xperia A (SO-04E) in Japan in partnership with NTT Docomo on their 2013 Summer Lineup. The Xperia A looks similar to the Xperia ZR that was announced  earlier this week. It has a 4.6-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) Reality display with mobile Bravia Engine 2, powered by 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ 8064 processor with Adreno 320 GPU and packs a 13MP camera with LED Flash, Exmor RS sensor for HDR images and  a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. Continue reading “Sony Xperia A with 4.6-inch HD display announced in Japan”