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Hands on: Fujitsu Arrows F-07D Android phone

updated 07:30 am EST, Tue February 28, 2012

Claims to be thinnest waterproof smartphone

Fujitsu first introduced its Arrows F-07D smartphone in December, though the device at the time was only confirmed for a launch in Japan. The company brought the handset to Mobile World Congress, where it was displayed beside a sign noting that it had "cleared the FCC." Electronista checked out the compact Android phone, which is claimed to be one of the thinnest smartphones on the market.

Among a crowd of new quad-core handsets and 1280x720 displays, the F-07D offers only midrange features: a 800x480 display, Android 2.3 and a single-core Snapdragon processor. It is clearly not one of the fastest phones on the show floor, nor does it bring the benefits of Android 4.0.

The phone is one of the thinnest that we've had a chance to try, measuring just 6.7mm thick near the bottom and 8.5mm at the top. It is also waterproof, a clear advantage for clumsy individuals or anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.

Despite the note of FCC approval, which hints at a US launch, Fujitsu has yet to absolutely confirm if the handset will be headed to North American markets. Considering the aging OS and relatively slow chipset, it would have to be paired with a budget price and would still serve as a niche device.














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