Fujitsu IS12T gets a Firmware update

The Japanese bound Fujitsu IS12T just received a firmware update today meant to fix some issue present in the initial one (some sort of power loss problem). Here’s what was actually updated:

OS version 7.10.7720.68 (no change)
• Firmware revision number: 5008.1907.1160.550 ? 5008.1907. 1182.660
• Wireless Software version: 1.1.05.50 ? 1.1.0 6.60
• Wireless Hardware Version: 8655 (no change)
• Boot loader version: 7.17.2.0 (no change)
• SOC Chip Version: 0.75.2.1 (no change)

Unlike all the other Windows Phones on the market the IS12T won’t receive an OS update today given that it already runs Mango.

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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:

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Fujitsu IS12T benchmark shows the Adreno 205 GPU crushing the Adreno 200

A recent Fujitsu IS12T benchmark run with the recently released WP Bench 2.0 application confirms what I’ve just talked about in my previous post about Hydro Thunder Go and the current Adreno 200 GPU embedded in the first generation of Windows Phone 7 devices. As you can see above the GPU score on the MSM8655 powered Fujitsu handset is 40FPS compared to only 19FPS on all other WP7 devices to date thanks to the new Adreno 205 GPU. You will also note that CPU performance is logically nearly identical to the QSD8250 because both SoC have essentially the same CPU.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Gyroscope support demo: Fujitsu IS12T vs HTC Mazaa

Here’s a short video demonstrating the new Gyroscope support in Windows Phone 7 Mango on a Fujitsu IS12T and an HTC Mazaa developer handset. As you probably already know Mango now includes a new Sensor API that facilitates the work of application developers by essentially taking care of all of the device’s hardware sensors without the need for the dev to directly poll them (this can obviously be by-passed if the dev wishes to do it all himself). Check out the video after the break:

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More Fujitsu IS12T release date speculation

Many are still wondering when the first Windows Phone Mango handset will be publicly available but as of right now nobody can really give a clear answer other than “When OEMs and Carriers are ready”. According to Japan’s KDDI carrier, the Fujitsu IS12T is set to launch in September but as it’s often the case with these kind of product pages things can be changed at any time. You also have to keep in mind that the IS12T will only be available in Japan.

There’s no denying though that we are getting closer to the begging of the roll out and everybody’s still eager to see what the other OEMs have in their secret stash. You can check out the Fujitsu IS12T hardware specifications here.

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango launching next month in Japan?

According to Ina at All things D the Fujitsu IS12T, which is the first Mango handset announced, will be available to Japanese customer on KDDI early next month. No source is sited at all so let’s be cautious and hope that it is indeed true because Fujitsu’s official word during the device’s unveiling on July 27th was that the IS12T would launch in Setp/Oct.

The second bit of “info” is that Windows Phone 7 Mango will launch based on the OEMs and carriers’ own timeline:

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Jibe social messenger for Windows Phone 7 unveiled

The Jibe Social Messenger application for Windows Phone 7 that will be available to our Japanese friends on the Fujitsu IS12T has been unveiled in the PDF document today. This is an all-in-one application that allows users to easily connect to Messenger, Facebook, Skype, Evernote and tons of over social media services. As you can see in the screenshot above the Jibe application follows the Metro UI guidelines by using a panorama control to show the main menu, timeline, friends and hot topics.

Anyway, this application will most probably only be available in Japan and on the the Fujitsu IS12T on KDDI at first ( Jibe and KDDI are close partners). Jibe is also look for Windows Phone developers if you are located in Japan.

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Fujitsu IS12T Earthquake Warning system and RTM Mango build

It’s a well known fact that Japan is regularly shaken by earthquake that’s why mobile carriers have implemented an earthquake warning system that alerts there users when such an event happens. This functionality has apparently already been implemented in the Fujitsu IS12T firmware as seen in the picture above. Jut note that this isn’t a Windows Phone feature and that it’s available on other platforms/cellphone to o in Japan.

The RTM Mango build 7720 is also now up and running on the device as seen in the picture after the break:

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Fujitsu IS12T preview

The boys at Nanapho manged to head over to the KDDI Design Studio shop in Tokyo to take a quick look at the recently announced Fujitsu IS12T Mango handset. The devices on display were obviously prototype handset which are running the 7716 build of the OS (7720 is the RTM build). This build features hidden WiFi network connections support and probably some other functionalities that are not available in the current Beta build (7712) .

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Windows Phone 7 Mango hidden WiFi connections support to be available in the RTM build

In case you’ve been wondering where was the previously announced support for Hidden Wifi networks in Windows Phone Mango (it’s not available in the Beta Builds B.Watson has confirmed that it really exist and is present in the RTM build of the OS. The Fujitsu IS12T screen pictured above shows you how it looks like and this isn’t even the RTM build (it’s 7716). As I said in this particular post about Bing Navigation, several features of the OS seem to be either out or different in the Beta builds so don’t be surprised if the retail builds does include additional goodies.

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Fujitsu IS12T Mango handset announced: Hardware Specifications, 32GB of Storage and 13.2MP camera

The Fujitsu IS12T Windows Phone handset running Mango has just been officially unveiled by KDDI during tonight event in Japan. The carrier and Manufacturer have already posted several hands on videos of the device demonstrating Mango on it. The only thing we know based on the press release is that the device will pack 32GB of internal Storage and a 13.2Mpix camera. Check them out and the press release after the break:

EDIT: The phone will come in three colors: Black, Lime and Pink (magenta, citrus, black). It has an MSM8655 SoC (no word on the clock speed), waterproof and dustproof design (IPX5/IPX8, IP5X), 13.2MP camera with face and scene detection, 32GB of internal storage, DLNA support and several pre-installed applications. The handset will be available in September at the earliest. Full Fujitsu IS12T hardware specifications after the break:

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Fujitsu IS12T announcement event live stream

Japanese carrier KDDI, Microsoft and Fujitsu are going to live stream tomorrow unveiling of the Fujitsu IS12T Mango handset in Japan. To catch the whole thing you will have to tune into the Ustream channel linked below at 10AM Tokyo time (2AM GMT / 8PM ET). This event will always be the start of the Asian marketing of Windows Phone Mango which now support East Asian Languages natively unlike the first version of the OS. The Fujitsu IS12T will also come with several Japanese applications pre-installed, Mixi, Navitime, Hot Pepper and Jorudan Norikae-Annai.

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New Japanese Windows Phone Mango applications unveiled: Mixi, Navitime, Hot Pepper and Jorudan Norikae-Annai


Microsoft Japan recently posted a Mango video showcasing the Japanese version of the OS and 4 new applications which should be available later this fall:

- Mixi: Japanese Social network with over 21.6 million users
- Navitime (which we have already seen pre-install on the Fujitsu IS12T): All in one navigation, mapping and routing service
- Hot Pepper: lets you find nearby restaurants etc..
- Jorudan Norikae-Annai: Train and transit schedules

Video after the break:

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KDDI to announce Fujitsu IS12T Mango phone on July 27th

Japanese Carrier KDDI is apparently going to hold a presentation on July 27th to officially unveil the Fujitsu IS12T Mango device in Japan. Announcement doesn’t necessarily mean launch so don’t get your hopes up but given that the Nokia Sea Ray final hardware seems to also be ready and Mango is closing on its final development days it’s safe to assume that other OEMs will also start to unveil the upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset in the coming weeks.

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Fujitsu Mango device to name IS12T or TSI12

According to a report in the Nikkei Japanese journal, the Fujistu Windows Phone 7 Mango device we saw a few days ago is to be named the Fujitsu IS12T (TSI12 based on the FCC and Bluetooth SIG certification) and is expected to be ready to launch as early as August on the KDDI carrier. But don’t get your hopes hope; Mango still hasn’t hit RTM (officially that is… I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that it’s has already hit this milestone) and it usually takes more than a month for OEMs get it locked and loaded on their handsets (and for carriers to certify the build).

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Samsung GT-i8700 and Toshiba TG03 officially certified

The hotly anticipated Samsung GT-i8700 Windows Phone7 handset has just passed the GCF certification today. This device seems to be one of the most WP7 phone out of all the other we have seen leaked lately. Ironically, somebody how had the chance to use it told me that it definitely inst his favorite especially because of the ugly plastic backside that looks completely out of place compared to the front.

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LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell will ship Windows Phone 7 phones this fall. HP no longer a partner

 

Microsoft’s Senior Vice President, Mobile Communications Business, Andy Lees has announced a few minutes ago during his WPC10 presentation that consumers can expect to see Windows Phone 7 handsets from HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell shipping this fall. This also means that other partners like Gamrin Asus, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba won’t have their devices ready before the end of the year. Another interesting piece of info popped up during Steve Ballmer’s speach yesterday in one of his PPT slides (pictured above): HP is no longer a Windows phone 7 partner. This shouldn’t come as a surprise especially after the Palm acquisition (even though HP was a bit confused about this subject lately).

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Are Toshiba & Compal building the Microsoft Courier?


According to Digitimes Compal was contracted by Toshiba to manufacture an nVidia Tegra2 Windows CE 7 based dual-screen Tablet expected to ship in 2011.What is interesting is that these specs line up with the latest rumors about Microsoft’s Courier project (NYTimes claims that a source told them that it’s scheduled for 2011). It is also worth noting that Toshiba has always been close to Microsoft in the past (they build the Orignial Zune players). There’s one thing that doesn’t ad up if we assume that it is indeed the Courier: Why would Microsoft need Toshiba? They could directly contract Compal to build the device.

Source: Digitimes

Toshiba K01 headed to Japan’s KDDI in june, renamed IS02

Japanese carrier AU/KDDI just announced that the Toshiba IS02 (aka Toshiba K01) will launch in June although no pricing info was revealed. The K01 also passed the FCC certification yesterday which means that it will probably be globally available this summer. For more K01 info head over here.

Source: AU via Engadget