We still haven't quite figured out Japan's fascination with flip phones
with huge, long displays, but there's no denying that the technology
within them is second to none. This past week, Fujitsu
--who makes an
awful lot of phones for the Asia-Pacific market--announced a wild new
flip phone with not one, but two killer features that really set it
apart. The DoCoMo SMART Series F-03B looks like you're average Japanese
flip phone at first glance, but it's actually far more sophisticated
than one might imagine.
Aside from handling text messages and typical phone calls
, it also has
a wicked camera. The sensor has 12.2MP, which is far greater than that
of many point and shoot cameras. Reportedly, it can handle ISOs as high
as 25600, though we suspect the performance at that level would be
downright ugly. Still, having that ability at all is pretty astounding
when you look at the sensors in other phones these days, particularly
in "plain ole flip phones."
In case that's not enough, the company has also made the phone
waterproof! It's up to IPX5/7/8 water resistant specifications, and
it's IP5X certified for resisting dust. Other notable technologies are
the ability to interact with Blu-ray Disc films, multimedia playback, a
slim design, a fingerprint sensor and the ability to clean the kitchen
sink. We're only kidding with that last one, but seriously, can you
iPhone do the rest of this stuff?