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KDDI Toshiba IS02 (aka TG02) hits Japan in June

KDDI Toshiba IS02 (aka TG02) hits Japan in June

It's not just Sharp's new IS01 that's arriving in Japan sometime this year; carrier KDDI has also announced that it will be offering the Toshiba TG02 as the KDDI Toshiba IS02.  First launched at Mobile World Congress last month, the IS02 is a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 4.1-inch OLED touchscreen; unlike the GSM/UMTS versions demonstrated in Barcelona, however, the KDDI phone will have EVDO Rev.A.

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KDDI fuel cell for mobile phone offers plenty of talk time

KDDI fuel cell for mobile phone offers plenty of talk time

I for one really look forward to the day when recharging my notebook or cell phone simply means squirting more fuel into its fuel cell rather than searching for an AC outlet. Fuel cells are coming for sure and a few of them are already on the market like the offering from Medis, though they aren’t quite what most of us want. What I want is a fuel cell like the one KDDI is showing off that is refillable with methanol and runs for up to 320 hours.

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KDDI iida Polaris robot concept [Video]

KDDI iida Polaris robot concept [Video]

Firmly convincing us that the Japanese get not only the best toys but the best concepts too, this collaboration between carrier KDDI and Flower Robotics - the iida Polaris - has just drooling with envy.  Currently just a prototype - with "commercialization yet to be determined" - the iida Polaris has at its core a touchscreen cellphone which docks into a mobile robot "suit".

Video demo after the cut

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KDDI WiFi b/g microSD cards demonstrated

KDDI WiFi b/g microSD cards demonstrated

KDDI Corp have been showing off two microSD cards with integrated WiFi b/g in Japan this week.  Although SD cards with integrated WLAN are not uncommon - Eye-Fi is a good example of the technology, used to add wireless photo and video uploads to digital cameras and camcorders - it's more unusual to find the components sufficiently shrunk down to fit on a microSD card.

Sony Ericsson S001 with huge AMOLED display & 8.1MP autofocus camera

Sony Ericsson S001 with huge AMOLED display & 8.1MP autofocus camera

Sony Ericsson might not be having such financial troubles if they deigned to release handsets like the SE S001 in Europe and the US.  Freshly announced for Japanese network KDDI, the Sony Ericsson S001 has a huge 3.3-inch 480 x 854 AMOLED display, an 8.1-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and smile-shutter control, mobile TV, high-speed internet and GPS, and is making me sob with envy.

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