March 13, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
Japanese manufacturer Fujitsu could be one of the biggest and pleasant surprises of 2012 when talking about Android-based product releases. We already know that they have a quad-core ICS smartphone with a 13.1 MP camera ready for launch, as well as a Transformer Prime rival and a ‘’mainstream’’ tablet in the works, but what we didn’t know up until now is that they also intend to launch a redesigned Raku-Raku smartphone in Europe and the United States.
The Raku-Raku Phone, for those of you who are not very familiar with the Asian mobile technology market, is a basic clamshell targeted towards elderly people, very easy to use and featuring a somewhat old-fashioned look and feel.
It seems that the guys at Fujitsu are planning to keep this phone’s simplicity and basic looks, but also add a bit of ‘’intelligence’’ with Android’s help. The smartphone will be made available in Japan sometime in early summer, according to a report from Nikkei.com, but it should also come to Europe and the United States before the end of the year.
No exact tech specs and features are known for the time being, but the smartphone will most likely be waterproof, dustproof and run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We would also expect dual cameras, with the rear-facing one being at least as capable as the 8 MP one featured by the latest Raku-Raku Phone 7 to hit Japan last year.
Other than that, it’s pretty hard to even speculate towards what the Raku-Raku smartphone could bring to the table, so for the time being we should wait and see. Hopefully, we will have some extra details for you in the coming weeks or so.