In smartphone terms it seems that thinner and lighter is the way forward once again. Last week we saw the new 12MP camera module from Sharp which measures just 5.47mm thick, and Fujitsu’s latest handset would just about be able to accommodate this.
The Fujitsu Arrow ES IS12F measures just 6.7mm at its thinnest point – filling out to a fat 8.5mm at its thickest. This is slimmer than the current 'thinnest smartphone' on the market, the Motorola Razr, which measures a rather bloated 7.1mm at its thinnest.
Not only that, but the Arrow ES IS12F is also lightweight, tipping the scales at a feather-like 105g, which is a whole 11g less than the Samsung Galaxy S2.
Despite its slim profile, the handset features a 4in Gorilla Glass screen with a resolution of 480 x 800. On the rear is not the 12 megapixel shooter from Sharp but a more modest 5 megapixel sensor with autofocus and image stabilisation.
You’ll also get GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi b/g/n, while the handset has been loaded up with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the whole thing will be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon MSM8655.
The battle to create an über-thin, über-light smartphone is nothing new, but seems to have heated up again in recent months. Whether this is a good thing or not is a matter of personal opinion, but if battery life, user experience and overall feel are compromised, then users won’t be long letting manufacturers know that thinner is not automatically better.
Let us know in the comments whether you think thinner is better and if the Fujitsu Arrow ES IS12F, which will be available in January, is the phone for you.
Source: KDDI (Translated)
Via: The Verge