Fujitsu launches ‘world's thinnest smartphone'

Thin and light is definitely where it’s at right now. Acer yesterday launched what it claims is the world’s thinnest Ultrabook, the Aspire S5. Earlier today, we reported that Toshiba says it has the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet, the Excite X10. Now Fujitsu has launched its long awaited ‘Arrows’ handset, which it says is the world’s thinnest smartphone.

Just 6.7mm thick and weighing 105g, the device – properly known as the Arrows ES IS12F – makes the Motorola Droid RAZR (7.1mm thick at its thinnest point) look positively chunky.

Don’t be deceived into believing for a moment that its delicate proportions mean that it’s fragile. The IS12F has Gorilla Glass protecting the 4” AMOLED 800x480px display – and if that’s not enough, Fujitsu has also made the phone waterproof, a fact demonstrated to Pocket-lint, who witnessed the phone being casually dipped into a goldfish bowl filled with water.

But beyond its thin frame and surprising durability, the specifications for this device are decidedly unremarkable. A single-core Qualcomm MSM8655 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor keeps things moving, along with 512MB of RAM, although performance out of the box is reportedly quite brisk.

Despite its sleek body, the styling is certainly something of an acquired taste. The reverse is home to a 5MP camera (compared with the RAZR’s 8MP 1080p affair), while there’s a front-facing camera of unknown resolution too. As you’d expect, there’s wi-fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS, along with a micro-SD slot.

There’s no Ice Cream Sandwich here though – Android 2.3 Gingerbread calls the shots on this device, with no word yet on whether an upgrade will be forthcoming to Android 4.0. There is, however, a ‘Sukkiri Alarm for daily health support’; in Fujitsu’s words:

Using an accelerometer and a microphone, this alarm clock system monitors users’ body movements and breathing to determine how deeply they are sleeping. When sleep is detected to be at its lightest point, the alarm is activated, thus enabling users to start the day refreshed."


If that’s the kind of thing that floats your boat, the Arrows ES IS12F is available now… although it’s currently only available in Japan.

However, Android Community reported that a variant of the device passed through the FCC back in November – so it may only be a matter of time before it’s available in the US. However, if it costs anything like the $750 USD (¥57,800 JPY) that it’s going for off-contract in Japan, you might want to save a few bucks and get a Galaxy Nexus instead.


Top, centre images via Pocket-lint; lower image via Android Community

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My SGS2 is slim enough. It starts hurting after a while holding it in my palm. I actually liked the SGS1 thickness and size better. 4" is the perfect phone size for me.

Its good this one is fully waterproof - I don't see certification on how waterproof though. Either way fujitsu missed the bus on this one and offered it a YEAR later than it was needed. huawei beat them in ALL angles (except waterproofing) with their Ascend P1 S.

When are companies going to learn that touting the thinnest point on a device doesn't mean a ****ing thing? What matters is the thickest point.

roadwarrior said,
When are companies going to learn that touting the thinnest point on a device doesn't mean a ****ing thing? What matters is the thickest point.

I've only really ever seen that on the MacBook Air

lt8480 said,

I've only really ever seen that on the MacBook Air


The Macbook Air states the thickest part as well as the thinnest, as does the iPhone (although in that case, it is one uniform thickness). The recent trend with smartphones and sometimes with netbooks/ultrabooks, is to state the thinnest point. Motorola did it with the Droid RAZR and a few other recent ones have done the same thing.

Woah! That's thin. If this trend continues, we will need to get gloves soon, to avoid a smartphone cut.

FMH said,
Woah! That's thin. If this trend continues, we will need to get gloves soon, to avoid a smartphone cut.

Then they'll come up with a new tech/feature that has to be incorporated and makes the phone thicker again. It's a never ending cycle.

.Neo said,

Then they'll come up with a new tech/feature that has to be incorporated and makes the phone thicker again. It's a never ending cycle.

lol. And I know what are going to call that. Phone case!

FMH said,
Woah! That's thin. If this trend continues, we will need to get gloves soon, to avoid a smartphone cut.

smaller phones = cheaper manufacturing/distribution, so more profit.
Just think:
50,000 bag phones used to fill a whole container.. now 50,000 modern phones fill only a pallet.

Next evolution is to get rid of laptops and end-user processing completely.. your credit card hosts the 'keys' and has wifi connectivity to everything stored in a cloud. just get close to your gaming dock and you play your games, close to your laptop terminal and you log in and your stuffs there - no matter which terminal you use.

Then you are buying i/o (kb, mouse, speakers, controllers, etc) and a display. Throw in the advancements MS has made with things like their kinect/3D holodeck displays - you would only need ONE screen for everyone in your family to use and everyone would see something different on it

Edited by srbeen, Jan 9 2012, 4:34pm :

pretty much a no go device. rubbish hardware, lack of updates, gimmick features and it's from Fujitsu who aren't known for their phones.

Most people won't buy a device that feels like it'd snap around your keys in their pocket if they sit down.

Digitalx said,
pretty much a no go device. rubbish hardware, lack of updates, gimmick features and it's from Fujitsu who aren't known for their phones.

Most people won't buy a device that feels like it'd snap around your keys in their pocket if they sit down.

I really hope people aren't putting their keys (or pocket change) and smartphone in the same pocket. I always cringe anytime I accidentally drop one into a pocket with the other. I like keeping my expensive electronics in excellent condition.

AltoidBox said,

I really hope people aren't putting their keys (or pocket change) and smartphone in the same pocket. I always cringe anytime I accidentally drop one into a pocket with the other. I like keeping my expensive electronics in excellent condition.

I used to keep my Nokia N97 in the same pocket as my loose change and keys albeit in the included half-pouch case, but after 2.5 years it still looked like brand new.

I think expensive portable electronics should somewhat be able to withstand everyday wear and tear.

AltoidBox said,
I really hope people aren't putting their keys (or pocket change) and smartphone in the same pocket. I always cringe anytime I accidentally drop one into a pocket with the other. I like keeping my expensive electronics in excellent condition.

I protect all my portable devices with Ghost Armor and purposely put keys, change etc in the same pocket as my phone. Best demo ever!

M_Lyons10 said,

Was this edited? I could have swore it was 7.1mm previously... lol

May be so. Or were you confusing it with Razr's thickness.

Fujitsu has some ridiculously expensive devices... I think they need to work on that a bit before they can really compete with some of the other manufacturers...

And maybe it's me, but I would be REALLY aggravated if I were an Android fanatic and was still being pushed phones running Android 2... The upgrade system is just such a mess.

M_Lyons10 said,
Fujitsu has some ridiculously expensive devices... I think they need to work on that a bit before they can really compete with some of the other manufacturers...

And maybe it's me, but I would be REALLY aggravated if I were an Android fanatic and was still being pushed phones running Android 2... The upgrade system is just such a mess.

it costs money to make quality. IF you want performance and don't give a rats ass abotu quality get a Samsung, if you want a middle ground get a SE phone, if you want quality build with an optimized OS that runs just as good as the samsung dual cores, then get these. funny how the single core Arc runs just as good if not better than the SGS2

HawkMan said,

it costs money to make quality. IF you want performance and don't give a rats ass abotu quality get a Samsung, if you want a middle ground get a SE phone, if you want quality build with an optimized OS that runs just as good as the samsung dual cores, then get these. funny how the single core Arc runs just as good if not better than the SGS2

Oh, I'm not arguing against quality at all, but for the price, you get an outdated OS AND scare off more value minded consumers. I can argue that some devices are worth paying for, but with Fujitsu devices, it seems to be style and water proofedness... lol I agree that quality has value, but it's hard to enter a market when you're charging a 50% premium to the competition... :-\

Beyond Godlike said,
Stats are kinda outdated, single core etc for that price.

I agree that for this price there should normally be a dual-core in it, but it's logical that thin devices like these always cost more.
It doesn't mean that every more expensive phone is outdated when it has a single core though.. Except for Android it doesn't have much difference in performance.