Lots of phone stuff and gadget stuff, sure - but with so many duplicate models across all Japanese carriers, SoftBank President Miyauchi stressed that it’s really time to compete through services, software, and carrier-specific services and options.
In the first half of au's summer push, new products included 7 smartphones, 2 tablets, and a feature phone for summer 2015. The entire second half was all about Real Service. Just like NTT docomo's event the day before, au shortened the amount of time spent talking about gadgets.
AkihabaraNews participated in NTT docomo's 2015 summer roll-out and witnessed Fujitsu's ARROWS NX F-04G smartphone, the world's first smartphone that has an iris recognition system built-in. But this year, sadly, Ken Watanabe is NOT built-in!
Samsung will start accepting advanced orders of their new head-mounted display - Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 - on April 23 in Japan. It generates a 360-degree image when used in combination with a Samsung's smartphone.
Samsung announced the release of the SIM card-compliant curvy smart watch, Gear S. It will be released to the world starting in October, but its price has not been announced yet.
Gear S features a SIM card that is compatible with 3G networks so that users can make phone calls or send messages without connecting another smartphone device. The other interesting feature is that it supports healthcare or fitness functions like S Health and Nike+ Running.
Samsung announced the release of the Wi-Fi version of their Android tablet GALAXY Tab S in Japan. Its 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch Wi-Fi models will go on sale on August 1.
GALAXY Tab S has Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1600 pixel resolution). It produces a 1.3 times wider color gamut compared with regular LCD displays, which allows dark emerald green that was not possible to reproduce in the past.