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Fujitsu To Launch First Windows Phone Mango Handset Within Weeks?

Japanese tech giant Fujitsu is said to be on the verge on launching the first Windows Phone Mango smartphone in Japan; that's according to an article that appeared in Nikkei newspaper.

The handset, which will be called the IS12T, has successfully been approved by the FCC and the Bluetooth SIG. It will be rolled out on the Japanese mobile operator KDDI, probably in August ahead of its rumoured official worldwide launch window, towards Q4 2011.

Expect the water resistant IS12T to come with a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive LCD screen, a bright pink colour scheme (think Hello Kitty), a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC and at least a five megapixel camera and a few other Windows Phone OS-only features like access to Skydrive, Microsoft Office Mobile and Xbox Live functionality.

Some have also noticed (opens in new tab) that the phone looks a lot like the Fujitsu Regza (yep same name as Toshiba's TV range) T-01C which has a 12.2-megapixel camera, a 4-inch LCD display, three buttons, NFC and DLNA compatibility and much more. Microsoft announced Fujitsu, alongside ZTE and Acer, as its newest Windows Phone 7 partners back in May 2011.

Nokia is therefore likely to have some serious competition at launch as they prepare to defend their position as Microsoft's preferred Windows Phone 7 partner.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.