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Fujitsu-Toshiba Outs Waterproof iPhone 5 Rival With 13MP Camera

Japan's second biggest mobile telco company, KDDI, has announced the availability of the Fujitsu-Toshiba ARROWS Z ISW11F smartphone, which is worth mentioning for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the phone is available in white and pink amongst other colour schemes, it also supports Wimax, NFC (e-wallet) and even comes with a digital TV tuner.

But that's not all, the phone is additionally waterproof like the Motorola Defy, has a 4.3-inch HD Ready capacitive touchscreen (that's 1280x800 pixels) and a market-leading 13-megapixel camera.

Armed with a dual core TI OMAP4430 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, with 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, an HDMI port, a microSDHC slot, a microUSB port, IR, Bluetooth and a front-facing camera, the Arrows Z promises to be a serious contender to the title of best all-rounder phone of 2011.

We liked the fact that the phone had a tiny bezel and three distinctive buttons including a silver metal "home" one - classy. KDDI plans to sell the handset in Japan from November 2011 but there are no plans to bring it to other countries yet.

Also, we suspect that Fujitsu-Toshiba will be bringing out a Windows Phone 7 version of the handset.

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.