Fujitsu IS12T launching tomorrow in Japan

Fujitsu and KDDI have just announced that the Fujitsu IS12T will be released and available to the public tomorrow in Japan (or in the next few hours if you actually live there). This is definitely a bit earlier that I had thought but definitely a good thing because it means that other Mango handsets are soon to launch. HTC is set to unveil its devices on September 1st and Samsung may also do it the same day. Full press release after the break:

Japan’s first Windows® Phone 7.5 smartphone, equipped with water-resistant technology

Tokyo, August 23, 2011 — Fujitsu today announced that the new Windows® Phone IS12T smartphone from Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications will be available in Japan beginning August 25, 2011, through KDDI Corporation and Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company.

Windows® Phone IS12T is the first smartphone in Japan to run Windows® Phone 7.5. Designed to be simple and easy-to-use, the smartphone is equipped with essential features, including fully integrated social media capabilities such as Facebook and Twitter, a video and audio player, and a variety of other entertainment applications. In addition, the IS12T comes with 32GB of built-in memory and a 13.2 megapixel camera that is among the top of its class in smartphones.

The smartphone, which features water-resistant (IPX5/8) and dust-resistant (IP5X) technology(1), provides users with full access to Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint®.

source: Fujitsu via TMN

  • Ef Jay

    Valid question posted on twitter, Fujitsu managed to get their Mango handset out quickly, why are other OEM’s still taking their time? RTM was July 26, took them just 30 days from then to release. What do you think, too focused on android to care?

  • MobileTechWorld

    Two things:

    - Carriers: The Fujitsu IS12T had to be tested on only one carrier and one country unlike all the other handset which are being tested in multiple countries and carriers across the world. The IS12T is also a KDDI only device so it’s easier to ship product when there’s only three companies involved (Fuji, KDDI and MS).

    - Manufacturing and Stock: The IS12T is exclusive to Japan at first so not a whole lot of devices have to be manufactured for the first batch unlike the other handsets which are going to be sold worldwide thus requiring a lot more stock.