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[Hands-On] Fujitsu impressive dual Prime Series F-04B now available in Japan
Fujitsu’s latest Smartphone F-04B made for the operator DoCoMo is by far the best handset available here in Japan and produced by a Japanese maker.
Announced last year (December 2009) we were already impressed by its basic features with a 3.4” VGA Touchscreen, 4” removable Bluetooth QWERTY Keyboard, an additional Video projector module with a 854×480, 1Seg TV and GPS, its great graphic performance allowing you to play Ridge Racer-like games, a 12.2Mpix camera module with AF, as well as its support for Video Movies and WMV Streaming.
As you can see the list of our F-04B is already impressive, but what you can do with it is really mind-blowing.
First of all, the F-04B does not need its QWERTY keyboard to be fully functional, and you can remove it any time to get an ultra slim iPhone-like handset of 9.8mm thick. You can use both the phone and its removable keyboard at the same time. Both the main unit and its Bluetooth keyboard let you place and receive calls. As you will see in the demo video below, you can talk to someone by holding the Wireless keyboard as you would do with any other phone and search for some data or surf the web simultaneously with the F-04B main body…
The Bluetooth Keyboard can be used as an external Keypad for your phone and gives you some kind of “iPad” like setting where you will be able to type emails unlike lwhat you can do on a notebook.
The Bluetooth keyboard can also be used as a “Wiimote” and Fujitsu made a demonstration of a Bowling game where the F-04B body was projecting a Video game on a wall (Thanks to its projector Module) and where the Bluetooth Keyboard was used to simulate your movements, exactly like a Wiimote.
You also have the possibility to trigger remote photo shooting, just place your F-04B body within the wireless range of your Keyboard and shoot any photo from your keyboard without the need to touch anything on the F-04B main body…
‘Impressive’ is the exact word for this F-04B and even if technically this Smartphone is really on top of what we can find on the market worldwide, we however have to admit having some reserve when it comes to the choice of OS and UI. Although there are not many choices for Fujitsu in this matter, we would have loved to see at least the F-04B running Android 2.1
Video Taken with a 5D MK II in 1080/24p (Firmware 2.0.4) mounted with a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DG HMS (Without IS) and converted in 720/24p DivX
Tokyo, March 23, 2010 — Fujitsu today announced that its new docomo PRIME series F-04B mobile phone will be available from NTT DOCOMO, Inc. in Japan beginning March 26, 2010.
The F-04B features the world’s first(1) separable handset, allowing the display and keyboard units to be detached from each other. By detaching the phone’s keyboard from the display, users can easily send e-mails or search their address book while talking. When the display is attached to the keyboard, the phone slides open and close. Since the display has a touch-screen, it can operate independently from the keyboard allowing the phone to take whatever shape that best suits the user’s needs. A projector unit (sold separately)(2) is also available, which makes it possible for users to view mobile phone contents on a large screen, adding scalability to the handset.
To keep up with advances in mobile-phone functionality and services, Fujitsu have offered such unique and innovative designs as the rotate-screen sliding phone. The new docomo PRIME series F-04B is based on a “freestyle design” concept, allowing it to be used in whatever way the user wants—as a familiar slider phone, or with the keyboard detached from the display, or as a slim 9.8-mm touch-screen device. The detached mode gives users an unprecedented ability to have phone conversations while using the screen to look up phone numbers, check schedules, read/send e-mails, browse the Internet, and watch “One-Seg” TV broadcasts. This flexibility opens up entirely new ways of using the phone.
The keyboard unit can be used either as a numeric keypad or a QWERTY keyboard for faster typing. The revolutionary keyboard unit contains its own microphone and speaker allowing it to be used on its own for phone calls. The display unit can also be attached to a projector unit enabling users to view mobile phone contents, such as one-segment TV, photo albums, and other documents, on a large screen of up to 66″. Other optional units for attaching to the screen will be introduced in the future, extending the phone capabilities even further.