Fujitsu-Toshiba Arrow Z – waterproof Samsung Galaxy S 2 beater?

Fujitsu-Toshiba isn’t what you’d call a giant on the Android smartphone scene (at least not in the West), but the newly revealed Fujitsu-Toshiba Arrow Z is certainly lining up to give the current Android king – the Samsung Galaxy S 2 – a bloody nose. Here’s how.
As revealed by Talk Android, the Fujitsu-Toshiba Arrow Z could prove a bit of a dark horse were it ever to be launched outside its native Japan. There’s no news on such a move just yet, but considering the following specs we’re hoping for some soon.


The Fujitsu-Toshiba Arrow Z certainly has the chops to take on the Samsung Galaxy S 2 – at least on paper. It comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP OMAP4430 processor (the impressive unit also found in the Motorola Droid Bionic) backed by 1GB of RAM.


The Arrow Z’s 4.3-inch screen is made even more impressive by the fact that it’s a proper HD screen – that is, it has a 1280 x 720 resolution. We’re talking far sharper than the Galaxy S 2 and almost as crisp as the iPhone 4.


The device’s 13-megapixel camera, too, appears to be a step on from pretty much all of its Android competitors. Although obviously a camera’s quality is defined by much more than its megapixel count.


Yep, you read that right. The Fujitsu-Toshiba Arrow Z’s body is said to be waterproof. We still wouldn’t go snorkling with it, but anything that makes us less paranoid about taking our £400 pocket wonder out of the house is most welcome.


We don’t know about you, but one glance of the Fujitsu-Toshiba Arrow Z suggests to us that the company’s designers have been paying particularly close attention to all those iPhone 5 design rumours and case leaks. Just us? Either way, we like its flat ‘mini-ipad 2′ styling. It’s certainly a departure from all those iPhone 4 copy-cats.


The Arrow Z won’t be the smallest or lightest phone on the market, but then with all those top-end components, waterproof casing and the Japan-standard digital TV tuner onboard, that’s no surprise. Given all that, its 131 gram weight is pretty darned good, as is its 10.1mm thickness.

It seems as if the Fujitsu-Toshiba Arrow Z won’t be as light or as thin as the Samsung Galaxy S 2, but it has a definite edge when it comes to features. Now all we need to know is if Fujitsu-Toshiba fancies a crack at the western smartphone market.

via fonehome


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