Thursday, September 8, 2011

Docomo announces two Xi LTE Android tablets

Today, Docomo announced two new Xi LTE tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE and the Fujitsu ARROWS Tab. Both will be available in October, run Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and are capable of tethering (no mention if tethering is allowed only on LTE or also 3G).

The Fujitsu is going to be water resistant and usable in the bath tub and have some funky "hand gesture control" function that will let you "slide the screen without touching the screen" (画面に触れずに画面をスライドできる「ハンドジェスチャーコントロール機能」), that will be useful for checking recipes while cooking. Judging from the picture you can wave your hand in front of the tablet for input. I can already see an opportunity to annoy friends.

Battery consumption is nearly twice as high with LTE than 3G!

Both tablet will include the following preinstalled bloat: Hulu, JOOKEY, Qik, and G CLOUD. (If we want it, let us download it.)

  • Recently released Japanese version of popular US streaming service
  • ¥1,480/month
  • Free 3 months for signing up between 9/8/2011 and 2/29/2012
  • Xi tablets and Android smartphones at 2.2 or higher.
  • Some domestic video service with news and popular shows 
  • ¥315/month
  • Skype video for Docomo
  • basic service free
  • premium service $4.99 (WTF, dollars? I though Skype traded in Euros?)
  • 1 year premium service free if signing up by 3/31/2012
  • Some online gaming service
  • Pricing varies by game content
  • ¥3,000 worth of coupons for some game I've never heard of if you are one of the first 5,000 people to sign up by 3/3/1/2012

Fujitsu ARROWS Tab LTE F-01D

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • micro SIM
  • 1600/900/1200 hours (3G/LTE/GSM)
  • microSD slot
  • Water resistant (IPX5, IPX7)
  • 10.1 inch screen
  • 262x181x11.3 mm
  • 597 grams
  • Front and rear facing camera (1.3/5.1 Mpixels)
  • OMAP 4 dual coare 1 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB ROM
  • Wifi b/g/n
  • Tethering
  • bluetooth
  • one seg
  • GSM 900/1800/1900; WCDMA 800/1700/2100; LTE 2100MHz (Frequencies via juggly)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE SC-01D

  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Touchwiz UI
  • full size SIM
  • 10.1 inch screen
  • 257x175x8.6 mm
  • 565 grams
  • Front and rear facing camera (2.2/3.2 Mpixels)
  • MSM9200 dual core 1.5 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB ROM
  • Wifi
  • Tethering
  • bluetooth
  • GSM 900/1800/1900; WCDMA 800//2100; LTE 2100MHz (Frequencies via juggly)


  1. I just ordered a tablet - an Andy Pad Pro. No LTE or 3g, no 3.x Android (though Ice cream sandwich is promised if possible). But inexpensive (~22k yen), no contract needed; light, handholdable 7 inches; rootable and unlocked; and the developers seem really responsive and positive to hacks and modifications.


    They don't ship to Japan yet (I get mine shipped to my parents in Sweden), but it's available on Amazon UK as well, and they should ship anywhere I think.

    I've played with 10" tablets, but they're just too big and heavy to use as a reader. 7" is just right, and with this price - and no contract - it's not the end of the world if I drop it or something either.

  3. Will these LTE tablets be able to be unlocked do you think? I assume they would come under the new unlocking policy, but perhaps there are complications with LTE? Would they work with a normal 3G sim?