Just 4 hours after AU KDDI’s announcement, NTT DoCoMo announced the new WCDMA 703i series in Tokyo. Nothing out of our expectation as we wrote about before. Also announced are the SonyEricsson BRAVIA SO903iTV DMB phone and Mitsubishi’s double-internal screen D900iDS, both of which Gearfuse premiered on Sunday. The 703i series is the mid-low end of DoCoMo’s 3G portfolio, so don’t compare their specifications with that of the W5 series from AU KDDI. Take note that all these phones will only be available in Japan and Japan only, they will not be unlockable, and neither will other versions be released outside Japan as they are co-developed between NTT DoCoMo and the manufacturers. We have pictures and details of all these cool looking phones after the jump.
D703i by Mitsubishi: 130x49x9.9mm thinnest candybar in Japan, key illumination patterns which remind you of different missed events, 2.4″ QVGA screen, 1.3Mp camera, 83g.
D800iDS by Mitsubishi: the world’s first double internal screen folder phone, lower touchpanel with handwriting recognition, the touch buttons will change with respect to need and situation, both of the screens are 2.2″ QVGA screens. external panelwith light effects, 1.3MP camera, 106x49x21mm 122g.
F703i by Fujitsu: waterproof (can stay under 1m water for 30min), external light effects, 2.2″ QVGA screen, 1.3MP camera, microSD slot, 100x48x17.9mm 109g.
N703iD by NEC: designed by Kashiwa Sato, 2.3″ QVGAplus 240×345 screen, 1.3Mp camera, microSD slot, 96x48x15.9mm 103g.
N703iu by NEC: 7×7 LEDs outside for light effects, 2.3″ QVGAplus 240×345 screen, 1.3Mp camera, microSD slot, 103x49x11.4mm 90g.
P703iu by Panasonic: stainless steel body, microSD slot, 2.2″ QVGA screen, 1.3MP camera, 103x49x11.4mm 98g.
P703i by Panasonic: asymetrical design with exchangeable facets, 2.2″ QVGA screen, microSD slot, 1.3MP camera, 99x49x21mm 109g.
SH703i by Sharp: IrSimple second generation highspeed IrDA, 2.4″ QVGA ASV screen, 2MP camera, 102x29x17.9 105g.
SO703i by SonyEricsson: external OLED that hides when off and floats out when on under the mirror surface (similar to Z610), aroma sheet that can be changed with the facets, 2.7″ 240×432 16:9 Bravia screen, microSD slot (!), 2MP camera, 105x47x18.4mm 104g.
SO903iTV by SonyEricsson: DMB One-Seg service (records up to 640 minutes on a 2GB microSD card), first SonyEricsson phone properly branded as BRAVIA. 2.0″ 240×432 16:9 Bravia screen, 2MP camera, 50x111x19.5mm 140g. Out of all the phones announced today, the SO903iTV is the least ready, and is only scheduled to be launched in June this year.
Press release in Japanese [NTT DoCoMo]
Live pictures [Impress]
as mentioned above “Take note that all these phones will only be available in Japan and Japan only, they will not be unlockable, and neither will other versions be released outside Japan as they are co-developed between NTT DoCoMo and the manufacturers.”
they will be able to roam to Canada, some of them do have GSM antennae, some only with WCDMA
they’re not unlockable, heckers have tried for 7 years now
Will those phones work in gsm countries like canada since its 3G???
can I buy SO730i in hong kong..?? WHEN..?? I love this mobile very much…!!
can I buy SO730i in japan now, when available…??because i will goto japan on Feb, if yes, can I use in HK also..??
No, you would need a contract. you would need a 3+ month working (not traveling) visa if not a proof of Japanese permament citizenship, a permanent Japanese address and a Japanese name stamp (shirushi)
the 703i will be able to roam to hong kong, per se. but roaming only, somebody will have to pay the bill for you in Japan.
besides it’s not even out in the market yet, probably late feb early march