First off, it’s essential to say that this device won’t be coming to the US or anywhere else outside of Japan. The ARROW Z ISW11F is just one of six Android handsets that Japanese carrier, KDDI recently brought to market.
The wonderfully named ISW11F is a veritable mixed bag of gadgetry (and a powerful mixed bag at that). For starters there’s Wi-Fi, WiMAX, Bluetooth and even infra-red connectivity options to get you started. There’s also an HDMI port, microSD compatibility up to 32GB’s and of course a microUSB port for charging and data transfer.
Other hardware goodies include a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 CPU twinned with 1GB of RAM and there’s 8GB’s of ROM to get you started. Imaging is also supercharged with a 13MP CMOS camera (that uses an Exmor R backlit sensor) capable of 1080p HD video, alongside a 1.3MP front-facer for video calls.
Dimensions: 64×128×10.1mm, Weight: 131g
As well as the GSM/CDMA radios and e-wallet functionality, the rich feature set rounds off with an integrated digital TV tuner. Oh and did we mention it’s waterproofed too.
This particular ARROW Z model will be available to KDDI subscribers from November and they get Android 2.3.5 out of the box.
I don’t know about you, but I really hope those five major Japanese cell phone makers seriously consider launching their products outside of Japan, as this device alone would undoubtedly sit amongst the big boys in the European, US and fellow Eastern markets, but we’ll have to wait and see about all that.