New Fujitsu water-resistant Windows Phone to be based on their REGZA Phone?

By LiveSide | Posted July 14, 2011 5 comments

Microsoft revealed for the first time several new Windows Phone “Mango” devices coming this Fall during their Worldwide Partner Conference 2011. These devices came from Samsung (rumored to be the SGH-i937), Acer (the Acer W4), as well as two never-before-seen devices from Fujitsu and ZTE. While we’re not sure what the ZTE phone is, we have some clues as to what to expect from the new Fujitsu phone.

Japanese blog Nanapho.jp reported that the new water-resistant Fujitsu revealed during WPC 2011 greatly resembles the Android-based Fujitsu REGZA Phone T-01C, currently available exclusively in Japan only from NTT DoCoMo. Check out a comparison below showing the Fujitsu REGZA phone on the left, and photos of the new Fujitsu Windows Phone device on the right:

Comparison

Not only the two phones are similar in appearance, but according to Fujitsu, the REGZA T-01C is also water-resistant, featuring IPX5/IPX7 water-resistance technology, meaning that it can resist water immersion at a depth of up to 1m. If the specifications for the REGZA T-01C is anything to go by, the phone also features a 12.2 megapixel autofocus camera, 4-inch LCD screen, DLNA, NFC integration, and possible microSDHC card support. Nanapho.jp also noticed from the WPC 2011 keynote video that the phone had two special OEM-specific apps on the Start screen, one resembling the Japanese NAVITIME application, and the other yet-to-be-identified app:

App Comparison

If the above specifications are true for the new Fujitsu Windows Phone, it definitely provides great competition to the Windows Phone landscape. We certainly hope that this phone will not be limited to the Japanese market only, but make it available to all. Looks like the Nokia Sea Ray might be getting some tough competition! We certainly can’t wait to hear about more Windows Phone “Mango” devices coming this Fall.

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 5:28 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Mango, Windows Phone
  • stuxstu

    It will either be IP x5 or IP x7. You cannot be both, because X7 rating exceeds X5 rating. Long and short of it, with an X7 you could go for a swim, but not a dive.

    • damaster

      The IPX5/IPX7 designation comes directly from Fujitsu’s press release for the T-01C (linked in the article): http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2010/20101210-01.html

      This is what the fine text says:
      “IPX5/IPX7: The IPX5 designation indicates that the mobile phone can normally function after being sprayed with water from a nozzle with a diameter of 6.3 mm at a rate of 12.5 liters per minute from a distance of approximately 3m for a period of at least 3 minutes. The IPX7 designation, in the case of the T-01C, indicates that the mobile phone normally functions after being immersed in room-temperature tap or still water to a depth of 1 m for 30 minutes. When using the mobile phone, please ensure that all covers (including the rear cover) are completely closed. To maintain water-resistance, it is essential to replace these parts at least once every two years (costs separate). When recharging the phone, the use of the holder is recommended.”

      I’m no expert at IP Ratings, but from this website: http://www.ce-mag.com/archive/06/ARG/bisenius.htm I understand that each IP level indicates a particular compliance test. The website specifically says “Compliance with either of these tests (IPX7 or IPX8) does not imply compliance with IPX5 or IPX6 unless the product is marked with both ratings (for example, “IPX5/IPX7”).

  • http://twitter.com/stuxstu Stu

    It will either be IP x5 or IP x7. You cannot be both, because X7 rating exceeds X5 rating. Long and short of it, with an X7 you could go for a swim, but not a dive.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      The IPX5/IPX7 designation comes directly from Fujitsu’s press release for the T-01C (linked in the article): http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2010/20101210-01.html

      This is what the fine text says:
      “IPX5/IPX7: The IPX5 designation indicates that the mobile phone can normally function after being sprayed with water from a nozzle with a diameter of 6.3 mm at a rate of 12.5 liters per minute from a distance of approximately 3m for a period of at least 3 minutes. The IPX7 designation, in the case of the T-01C, indicates that the mobile phone normally functions after being immersed in room-temperature tap or still water to a depth of 1 m for 30 minutes. When using the mobile phone, please ensure that all covers (including the rear cover) are completely closed. To maintain water-resistance, it is essential to replace these parts at least once every two years (costs separate). When recharging the phone, the use of the holder is recommended.”

      I’m no expert at IP Ratings, but from this website: http://www.ce-mag.com/archive/06/ARG/bisenius.htm I understand that each IP level indicates a particular compliance test. The website specifically says “Compliance with either of these tests (IPX7 or IPX8) does not imply compliance with IPX5 or IPX6 unless the product is marked with both ratings (for example, “IPX5/IPX7”).

  • Damaster – LiveSide.net

    The IPX5/IPX7 designation comes directly from Fujitsu’s press release for the T-01C (linked in the article): http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2010/20101210-01.html

    This is what the fine text says:
    “IPX5/IPX7: The IPX5 designation indicates that the mobile phone can normally function after being sprayed with water from a nozzle with a diameter of 6.3 mm at a rate of 12.5 liters per minute from a distance of approximately 3m for a period of at least 3 minutes. The IPX7 designation, in the case of the T-01C, indicates that the mobile phone normally functions after being immersed in room-temperature tap or still water to a depth of 1 m for 30 minutes. When using the mobile phone, please ensure that all covers (including the rear cover) are completely closed. To maintain water-resistance, it is essential to replace these parts at least once every two years (costs separate). When recharging the phone, the use of the holder is recommended.”

    I’m no expert at IP Ratings, but from this website: http://www.ce-mag.com/archive/06/ARG/bisenius.htm I understand that each IP level indicates a particular compliance test. The website specifically says “Compliance with either of these tests (IPX7 or IPX8) does not imply compliance with IPX5 or IPX6 unless the product is marked with both ratings (for example, “IPX5/IPX7”).