Fujitsu are one of a number of less well known companies that made a big impact at MWC and impressed with their prototype smartphone, set to launch for real at the end of this year.
The handset includes a quad-core Tegra 3 chip running at 1.3 GHz and a 4.6” 720p display, making it pretty much par for the course when it comes to top of the line handsets (The HTC One X and LG X4, for instance, also share these same specs.) The phone, like many other top Japanese-produced handsets, is moderately waterproof.
Although the phone is powerful, that’s not its most promoted feature. Instead, the handset has been designed as a “human-centric engine”, a set of features and sensors that allow the device to become personalised to the user. For instance, the phone can intelligently change the pitch of an incoming call to match the user’s age, allowing those at both ends of the spectrum hear calls more clearly. The phone also uses the gaps in natural speech to slow down the conversation, resulting in an interrupted but slower and therefore easier to understand dialogue.
The sensors include fairly standard fare (biometric, NFC), but curiously also a dedicated rear proximity sensor. That’s for spotting when the phone’s been set down on a desk so that the screen can automatically be turned off. Presumably this feature can be disabled for use in a dock, but otherwise it does sound quite clever. Fujitsu are also working on giving the phone a ‘fast charge’ mechanism that could fully energise a depleted battery in less than an hour of charging.
The emphasis on usability and battery life without sacrificing specifications is impressive, as is the fact that the phone will be produced in Japan instead of being off-shored to China. All in all, Fujitsu are definitely a player to look out for in the latter half of the year.
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