Fujitsu Android Prototype

Android Central at Mobile World Congress Fujitsu is excited about its newest Android phone -- which we first heard as a faint whisper -- and rightfully so. It's got a beautiful high-resolution 4.6-inch LCD display and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Plus it's got an external antenna, which always excites those of us from North America.

But the feature -- pair of features, actually -- that you really need to pay attention to is the fact that it's an LTE device with a Tegra 3 chipset. If you've been going through life thinking the two can't co-exist because of some sort of hardware incompatibility, get that out of your system now. Tegra 3 and LTE can (and will) play nicely together.

As far as the rest of the Arrows prototype goes, it's a mix of new beauty and old design. It's got a trio of physical buttons for menu, home and back. It's also got the 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB ports covered by clunky doors. But that's all done for a reason -- this sucker's waterproof and dustproof.

Another notable spec is the 13.1-megapixel camera that has an ISO of 25600. Wowzers.

We've got more hands-on video and pics after the break.

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Hands-on with Fujitsu's Android prototype with ICS, Tegra 3 -- and LTE


With a 15min battery life? Before we start adding more and more intermals with LTE. Lets work on a better battery.

It will be interesting to see how the integrated LTE modem in the S4 holds up in this regard. It should at least be more efficient than current dedicated modem solutions.

do you're homework on tegra 3 brah. It compensates. Especially the 4
+1 core capability. This will have better battery life than the dual core sitting in your hand.

I know people want better battery life but at this point the only way to get better battery life is by making bigger batteries.

Lithium based batteries are reaching their limit as to how much energy can be stored per weight. That is why research has been funded to take a step up on alternatives such as portable fuel cells, etc.

The problem is that phone manufacturers are shooting for a thinner and thinner size phone. Sure the SoC chips are getting smaller to make room for batteries but it's like they're shooting for who can get to a 5mm thick phone first. I think 8mm to 10mm is perfectly fine. We don't need them any thinner and hopefully it stays that way.

I didn't think they couldn't co-exist, just that NVIDIA did Qualcomm a huge favor by not being their act together on LTE sooner (hence all the new LTE phones running S4). But did this prototype actually have a LTE modem inside? Seems unlikely considering NVIDIA only announced their LTE partnerships 5 days ago. I wonder what the timeframe for release is?

To be noted is that not all S4 chips have LTE - only the MSM8960 does. The HTC One S and a slew of other phones announced with S4 chips run the MSM8260A which is the same thing minus the LTE chip.

Which really doesn't matter, as the HTC OneXL uses the MSM8960 and is going to AT&T. The One S isn't going to any LTE networks.

ZTE and Asus' offerings that have LTE all contain the MSM8960 chip.

Of course it's waterproof, it's a Japanese phone! Many of the Android phones (that aren't imports) made in Japan, are waterproof. I've owned 3 phones here so far, 2 by Sharp and one by Kyocera, and the last 2 are waterproof. The first one had a glasses-free 3D screen (a few months before LG announced the world's first glasses-free 3D smartphone lol) but wasn't waterproof.

And that antenna is not for the cell signal but for TV (oneseg).

What is with removing the search button on new phones? I use that button almost daily, it's very useful. It's not like they are saving space or anything by removing it. The search bar does not work as well.

Awww. When I heard 13 megapixels, I was really hoping for a camera bigger than a pinhole. I don't even want to think about how much in-camera noise reduction it's doing on a sensor like that.

It's beyond time someone made a phone with decent glass on the backside.