Japan Getting Toshiba-Fujitsu’s First Mango Device In August

Nikkei, a Japanese news agency is reporting that Fujitsu-Toshiba will be launching their first Windows Phone Mango device sometime in August. The device, IS12T (Toshiba-Fujitsu TSI12), will be released via the KDDI network.
The mobile was also leaked in early March via Newstrider, it was said that it would feature a Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset and come with Windows Phone 7 and had passes FCC and Bluetooth clearance.

KDDI (au) will be releasing a new product based on Microsoft Corp. (MS) new smartphone OS “Windows Phone 7” towards the end of August. Windows Phone 7 is the first full-fledged smartphone OS from Microsoft, and the product would be the first of KDDI in Japan. Microsoft will provide free services such as cloud data storage, aiming to catch up with Google smartphone OS to the Japanese market.
New models of KDDI “IS12T” is manufactured by Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications. Waterproof with a 3.7-inch LCD screen, the price is expected to be around 30000-40000 JPY (USD $380 – $505). The phone will be jointly announced with KDDI within this month.

The August release is definitely surprising but the handset is only releasing in Japanese markets for now, there us no word to indicate its launch elsewhere.


Fujitsu Recycling Design For Their First Windows Phone

Rumors of Windows Phone devices aren’t rare. The popularity of the renowned Metro UI and the imminent Mango update have brought interest in handset makers like Acer and Fujitsu who didn’t bet on Windows Phone 7 months ago. Acer, Samsung, HTC, Nokia devices have been seen and conformed to run mango. This time it’s Fujitsu’s turn. 

Their handset closely resembles one of their Android Models (released in Japan only). The REGZA T-01C  on NTT DoCoMo to be precise. The Android handset has 4″ LCD display with Toshiba’s Mobile REGZA Engine 3.0 graphics processing system, a 12.2-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video capture, NFC and DLNA support. It is also water-resistant for a 1 meter depth.

Fujitsu’s crash-course on how to improve your Android handset!

Japanese site Nanapho posted some pictures online comparing the two handsets. The distinctive ring around the camera is similar to the one present on the Android handset. Liveside further brought more proof of it with side-by-side pictures of the two handsets.

On the software side, there appears to be an icon hinting at the Japanese NAVITIME app on the handset. This could be there customization to the Windows Phone platform.

Surprisingly, Nokia has taken a similar route by using the chassis of the Meego-powered N9 and expected to add OVI Maps (amongst other services) as their customization.


Microsoft sued for Windows Phone Bedroom, Bathroom ads – Really ?

Remember those Microsoft Windows 7 ads depicting smartphone addicts who can’t put down their gadgets long enough to get busy in the bedroom and the bathroom? You loved them – right ?

Guess what, In a lawsuit filed this week with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Cellrderm alleges that Microsoft and Crispin Porter + Bogusky (the agency behind the ads) infringed upon the company’s copyrighted creative content.

The Microsoft ads, “Bedroom Really” and “Bathroom Really” were launched toward the end of 2010 and the Cellrderm ads show scenarios very similar to the Microsoft bedroom and bathroom ads. Cellrderm clearly had very less budget to produce the ads ( Don’t ask me how – I can sense by the quality of lingerie used in the ads )

In the suit, Cellrderm asks for an injunction to prevent the further distribution of the Microsoft ads, as well as profits derived from the ads and other damages determined at trial.

We ask Cellrderm – Really ?

P.S : Damn, the chick in the Cellrderm ad *is* Hot !