These days it is harder for smartphone manufacturers to come up with a product which is truly unique, however Fujitsu and Toshiba have done just this with the au IS12T which recently showed up on Engadget, what makes this so unique? Well it features a 13.2 megapixel sensor and a waterproof design which complies to IPX5 ratings.
In terms of tech specs we are impressed by the 13.2 megapixel sensor which features autofocus, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n, 3.7-inch WVGA display (800×480) and 32GB of flash storage, however we must admit that we were slightly disappointed to see it use the same processor as the HTC Thunderbolt. Yes, that’s right, it features the the Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU, this usually runs at 1GHz, surely a dual-core chip would have helped out when it comes to photo and video capture, especially if people are looking to capture 1080p video.
Earlier we told you that this would be the world’s first Windows Phone 7 smartphone to run Mango, currently we don’t know whether this smartphone will arrive in North America or Europe, however Engadget say that it will hit the Japanese network KDDI sometime in September. We would like to see this handset hit other regions, would you?
Below we have embedded a few photos of the Fujitsu Toshiba au IS12T, as you can see it is not a bad-looking device and there is a lime green / yellow model along with pink and black variants, you can clearly see that the rear of the camera is dominated by the rear-facing camera, also we think we have spotted a front-facing camera in this photo. You can see a gallery of hands-on photos here.
In the first paragraph we briefly mentioned that this smartphone was compliant to IPX5 waterproof ratings, we thought that this would take some explaining, so we looked into this in a bit more detail. We are by no means experts on this matter, however we are told that the IPX5 rating test involves a 6.5mm nozzle projecting 37.5 litres of water at a device, the test lasts 3 minutes and by the looks of things the au IS12T passed this test with flying colors. This should mean that this new smartphone will be pretty resilient to water damage, that said you wouldn’t want to use it in the bath!
Do you think that the Fujitsu Toshiba au IS12T would do well in the U.S?