Despite an unmemorable, though not final, product name as the Ultra High Spec Smartphone, Japanese phone-maker Fujitsu brings a lot of punch to its quad-core Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone to Mobile World Congress this year. The device is one of a number of phones and tablets to debut at the Barcelona-based trade show to feature NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 mobile applications processor.
Processing power aside, the Ultra High Spec Smartphone from Fujitsu offers more than just a quad-core brain. The device features a 13.1-megapixel camera, similar to those offered on prior Arrows Windows Phone 7 smartphone and Arrows-branded Android phones from the company, along with a water-resistant and dust-proof industrial design. Despite its rugged attributes in surviving the weather, the Ultra High Spec Smartphone is still slim and sleek.
The device also features a biometric fingerprint scanner along with a 4.6-inch display. The device also has NFC support as well as a proximity sensor placed on the rear of the device. That means that when you place the phone down on a table, it will automatically turn off the screen to help with power efficiency.
Video courtesy of Android Central.
Fujitsu’s human-centric design of the phone also goes a step further. According to The Verge, “Specific examples that were given to us (which we can expect to see on the production versions of this phone) include realtime speech slow-down, which takes advantage of the natural gaps that occur in a phone conversation, and the ability to intelligently change the pitch of incoming voice based on the user’s age. Fujitsu notes that a human’s ability to perceive sound changes as they age; with this phone, you’ll just input your age and it’ll modify the sound of callers automatically.”
The phone is said to be coming to Asian markets, and Fujitsu has recently revealed that it wants to tackle the European mobile market so this latest addition may find its way to Europe soon. When I spoke with the company’s executives at CES 2012, Fujitsu is also ambitiously eyeing to break into the U.S. mobile market within the next couple of years.
If this latest addition to Fujitsu’s lineup is similar to the Arrows handsets that I’ve seen at CES 2012 last month, it should be slim, sleek, but with a plasticky build quality. That means it should be able to survive dust and spills, but don’t expect to drop the handset and expect it to survive on hard concrete.