When Fujitsu announced its ‘quad core Android phone’ before Mobile World Congress kicked off, we were excited. Fujitsu hasn’t made a big dent in the mobile world outside of its native Japan but that’s all to change. 2012 is the year in which the Japanese giant storms onto the international Android scene like a raging, waterproofed mecha-Godzilla.
Sadly the Fujitsu ‘quad-core Android phone’ is still being called that; it doesn’t have a name yet. What’s more, we’re told that the model that we were shown might not be exactly how the finished device turns out; we were told that a few cosmetic changes might be made here and there.
But the core specs – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 13.1-megapixel camera and Nvidia’s Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 core processor – won’t change. Nor will the waterproof coating, which we’ve seen in action on the Fujitsu Arrows F-07D, and we understand will be coating Fujitsu’s big Android debut.
Other points Fujitsu was keen to stress includes an emphasis on clear voice calls; there’s two noise cancelling mics built in, active echo cancellation and filtering technology to ensure that incoming and outgoing calls are as clear as possible.
All of this software is context sensitive; so if you’re in an echoey stairwell or a carpark, the phone’s mics will pick up on the background noise and engage the appropriate software.
Another feature we really liked was the fingerprint scanner that you can see over on the back. As well as being used as a way to lock your phone with a fingerprint, Fujitsu is using the scanner to make your personal info more secure.
There’ll be a separate secure locker app, similar to Loky and Vaulty for Android, which you can use to store things like corporate information, your banking details, etc. The vault will only open if you swipe your fingerprint across the reader.
The Fujitsu quad-core Android phone is lightweight and rather plastic to the touch, like the Arrows F-07D. Ice Cream Sandwich too wasn’t fully integrated on the phone when we had a play with it; the camera app forced closed every time we fired it up, so we can’t really give you a demo of that 13.1-megapixel camera sadly.
Fujitsu told us August when we asked for an ETA; we’ll expect to hear annoucnements along the way of its name and other things like price and which UK networks will be getting it.