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7.7mm NEC MEDIAS E-04C Android smartphone bests chubby Arc and Galaxy S II

7.7mm NEC MEDIAS E-04C Android smartphone bests chubby Arc and Galaxy S II

How skinny is too skinny? NEC obviously reckons Android smartphones aren't quite slender enough, since the new NEC MEDIAS E-04C is a waifish 7.7mm at its slimmest point. Packing Android 2.2 Froyo and, according to Draft life with blog, headed to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo later this month, the MEDIAS E-04C usurps Samsung's Galaxy S II, a comparatively tubby 8.49mm, and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, a bloated, corpulent 8.9mm.

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Buggy Sharp DoCoMo LYNX SH-10B Android MID sales frozen; only 7k bought in 2 months

Buggy Sharp DoCoMo LYNX SH-10B Android MID sales frozen; only 7k bought in 2 months

Looks like NTT DoCoMo aren't having much luck with Sharp's LYNX SH-10B Android MID.  The company froze sales of the QWERTY handheld a week ago, after discovering a security loophole that could allow malicious software to harvest text, then settled on an update that apparently fixed the flaw and would let the carrier put the SH-10B back on sale from tomorrow.  Now that's changed again, with the discovery of a further bug in the MID.

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Sharp DoCoMo LYNX SH-10B Android MID hits Japan this month

Sharp DoCoMo LYNX SH-10B Android MID hits Japan this month

It looks like Sharp are playing the field when it comes to carrier partnerships for their IS01 Android-based MID.  Having already been picked up by Japanese network KDDI, a strikingly similar looking model has just been announced for NTT DoCoMo.  The DoCoMo LYNX SH-10B has a 5-inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard and dual digital cameras - 5.3-megapixels on the outside, 4.3-megapixels on the inside - and runs Android.

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NTT DoCoMo promise true Global Phone with 8-band power amp

NTT DoCoMo promise true Global Phone with 8-band power amp

"Global Phone" is a phrase that gets thrown around relatively frequently these days, especially by Verizon when they're trying to sell you a dual-mode CDMA/GSM handset, but we're far from a true cellphone that can be used on all the networks deployed globally.  That could be changing, however; NTT DoCoMo have revealed a new 8-band power amplifier for mobile phones, which covers frequencies between 700MHz and 2.5GHz including forthcoming LTE networks.

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NTT Hikari iFrame Android tablet gets hands-on [Video]

NTT Hikari iFrame Android tablet gets hands-on [Video]

Remember the NTT Hikari iFrame Android touchscreen gizmo from earlier this month?  It's not set to arrive in Japan until March 2010, but the company allowed Akihabara News in to play with their latest prototype.  Based around a 7-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, the tablet is intended to bridge the gap between a digital photo frame and a proper computer for a less than computer-capable audience.

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NTT Hikari iFrame Android slate arrives in Japan 2010

NTT Hikari iFrame Android slate arrives in Japan 2010

Room in your heart (and on your end-table) for another Android tablet?  Non-Japanese geeks need not apply, but sometime between April and September next year NTT will push out this 7-inch touchscreen Android slate.  The Hikari iFrame is being positioned as one part digital photo frame and one part web tablet, with WiFi for internet access along with various widgets for weather, calendar, news and even recipes.

Video demo after the cut

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Fujitsu F-04B modular cellphone with pico-projector gets played with

Fujitsu F-04B modular cellphone with pico-projector gets played with

If you thought you'd seen it all in Nokia's Vision of 2015 video, book a flight to Tokyo and stop by Fujitsu's offices there.  They haven't seen to have got the memo that modular, wirelessly-connected mobile phones with integrated pico-projectors are meant to be the stuff of futurology, not fact, and as such have produced a working version of their F-04B cellphone.  Akihabara have been for a play, and claim it's a brilliant multifunctional device.

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