KDDI may have done its best to bury it amongst the few dozen other phones it announced today (including that eye-catching X-RAY clamshell), but we’re not about to let the first phone using Sony’s new 16.4-megapixel CMOS sensor slip by. That honor naturally goes to Sony Ericsson itself, which has stuffed the sensor into the otherwise ordinary looking Cyber-shot S006 cellphone. In addition to all those megapxiels, you’ll also get ISO settings up to ISO 12800, and the rest of the camera’s specs aren’t too shabby either, including a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.3-inch screen (said to be VGA, though we’re assuming it’s actually HVGA or WVGA), and built-in WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Unfortunately, all of that is paired with Sony’s own proprietary non-smartphone OS and it’s, of course, exclusive to KDDI in Japan for the time being (and only being released next spring).
KDDI launched a wave of new phones this morning, but this is the one we really want to hold — it’s called the X-RAY, and it’s one of two new products in the company’s iida designer brand. Crafted by Tokujin Yoshioka, it’s a high-end Japanese clamshell with a 1-Seg TV tuner, NFC payments, and an 8 megapixel camera — you know, the usual — but with a translucent case (also available in blue and black) that leaves nothing to the imagination. There’s a QSD8650 CDMA-ready Snapdragon in there, a GSM radio as well, a 7 x 102 pixel LED scrolling sub-display to display alerts and notifications, plus all the requisite chips and wires beautifully laid out. It’ll be on display in Harajuku this Tuesday, but there’s no word on availability or price quite yet. However, given that the prime accessory for the X-RAY is a solid crystal stand that makes the phone look like it’s floating on air, we probably don’t want to know.
It seems like launching a battalion of new handsets over the past month wasn’t enough for HTC, so today the company’s rolling out yet another option for European mobile phone buyers. Americans will already be familiar with the Gratia from their experience with AT&T’s Aria, which looks to have made a more or less straight transition to the Old World markets. It now comes with Android 2.2 as its OS, while retaining its HTC Sense top-level skin (notably without the new “new” Sense additions present in the Desire HD and Desire Z), and is available in a pair of fresh new hues that include the deep green above and a lustrous white number after the break. Black is also an option for the more conservative among you. Look out for the Gratia on your local Euro retailer’s cheap and cheerful shelves from next month.
KDDI Japan has announced a new 7-inch Android tablet made by Samsung called the SMT-i9100. Gotta love hard to remember names. Unlike the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab (outside of the US) this tablet lacks 3G and only comes with Wi-Fi, so it’s guaranteed to lack the Android marketplace. There’s the same custom UI on top of Android as seen on their IS phone series. Most confusing is the specs listing a 2 hour battery.
The SMT-i9100 features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multi-touch display, b/g/n Wi-Fi, 512MB RAM, 4GB flash storage, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 2MP webcam, stereo speakers, mini USB and micro SDHC card slots. It’s got a 2 hour battery (you’re kidding right?), 12 hours in standby time, 6 hours to recharge. It’s 13.9mm thick and weighs 450 g. It’s expected out around the end of February next year. No word on price right now.