Fujitsu and Orange Telecom have just announced a new partnership to offer mobile phones and services in France. The first smartphone to emerge from this venture will be the Stylistic S01 which is set to launch on the French carrier this June.This marks Fujitsu’s first extensive foray into the smartphone market outside Japan. This smartphone has been specifically designed for usage by the growing senior population of Europe.
The Stylistic S01 is basically an Android smartphone and will be powered by Android 4.0( Ice Cream Sandwich ). Along with Android, this phone will include many of the features available on on Fujitsu’s Raku-Raku series of senior-friendly phones available on NTT DoCoMo. Coming to the specifications, the phone offers connectivity via both GSM and HSPA networks via Orange. Internally it is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. Other specs include a 4 inch touch screen with a pixel resolution of WVGA, a 8.1 MP rear camera sensor, 0.3 MP front camera and 4GB of internal memory (expandable by microSD card). There are some special features Fujitsu has added on to this phone to make it easier for elderly people to use it. Stylistic S01 employs a unique screen technology that requires users to apply the same level of pressure to on-screen icons as they would to buttons on a keypad. This helps users avoid inadvertent touches, preventing unintended operations and improving input accuracy. Furthermore, the intuitive graphic user interface features extra-large icons and a simplified layout to ensure straightforward navigation for easier operation. It is also equipped with a loud personal security alarm that can be used to alert people in the surrounding area in emergency situations.
- Runs Android 4.0 ( Ice Cream Sandwich )
- 1.4GHz processor
- 4 inch touchscreen
- 8.1MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera
- 4GB internal memory
Fujitsu has some experience in this category of smartphones having sold some 20 million phones in its Raku Raku senior phone line since its launch in 2001 in Japan. Now, they are hoping for success in France also with their new found partner. There’s no pricing info yet, but more details will be revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this coming week where the phone will be featuring.