Kyocera KY-O1L is a phone with a 2.8 inch ePaper display (for Japan)

A handful of phone makers have released dual-screen devices with color screens on one side and monochrome E Ink displays on the other. Kyocera’s latest phone goes all in on the black and white screen. The KY-O1L is a tiny phone with a 2.8 inch, 480 x 600 pixel electronic paper display. The whole phone measures […]

Sony Xperia A4 launches in Japan, looks a lot like Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony’s latest smartphone for the Japanese looks an awful lot like one the company has been offering internationally since last fall. The new Sony Xperia A4 features a 4.6 inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and a 20.7MP rear camera… just like the older Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The new model will be […]

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo puts plans for Tizen smartphones on hold

Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo had planned to be one of the first mobile service providers to offer smartphones and tablets running the Tizen operating system. But the company is scrapping plans to roll out its first Tizen devices in March. That doesn’t mean we won’t see Tizen products from NTT DoCoMo or other companies […]

Samsung Samurai Tizen-powered phone to his Japan this year

NTT DoCoMo has unveiled plans to launch one of the first smartphones running the Tizen operating system in Japan in the second half of 2013. The phone’s a Samsung handset called the Samsung Samurai, and it’ll support W-CDMA and LTE networks. There’s not much more information about the device at this point, but it’s not […]

First phone with Sharp’s low power IGZO screen shows up in Japan

Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has introduced 16 new phones and tablets for its winter lineup — including the first mobile phone to ship with an IGZO display from Sharp. IGZO stands for Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide, and they’re thinner than traditional LCD displays and don’t require as much light from a backlight, which helps […]