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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.