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NTT Docomo prepares Evangelion-themed Android phone

Attention: if you've got a EVA-01 toy limited edition collector's statue sitting on your desk, a poster of Rei on your wall and a NERV theme on your phone, you probably want one of these. Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has teased a special edition Sharp AQUOS SH-06D phone for fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion, the popular 90s-era anime and head trip. Like approximately 65% of Japanese cartoons [citation needed], Evangelion is about gigantic fighting robots  and presumably the phone takes the theme from the futuristic interfaces found on the show.

RPG classic Final Fantasy III comes to Android, but only in Japan

Ready for some classic role-playing? Then break out your pocket translator (insert "there's an app for that" joke here). Gaming giant Square Enix has released Final Fantasy III, widely considered to be one of the all-time greats of console RPGs, for Android. The bad news is that it's limited to Square's in-house market at the moment, and region-locked to Japan. You can't even pull some build.prop mods to get around it in Android Market/Google Play, since there's no app to be had in there.

Sony MT27i “Pepper” leaked via advertising

Apparently the triple-pronged attack of the Xperia S, P and U phones unveiled at Mobile World Congress wasn't enough for Sony. A new Android phone, this one with the codename "Pepper", has appeared in an otherwise nondescript online ad. There's not much information in the leaked ad, but you can spot Xperia S-style NFC tags, indicating that the new phone will have NFC capability at the very least. The render was spotted by Blog of Mobile, who guesses that the new phone will slide somewhere in between the U and P models already unveiled.

NEC shows off its Android MEDIAS hardware for MWC

First it was LG, now another initiated manufacturer is giving us the goods before the big show. Japanese OEM NEC has displayed a trio of new high-end MEDIAS phones set to make their public debut at Mobile World Congress next week, All three are relatively large devices (especially for the Japanese market) running Ice Cream Sandwich, and all of them appear to be in the prototype stage. The interest is mostly academic for us since NEC rarely makes its hardware available outside of Asia, but at least one of the phones will strike a chord with those who love to see unique form factors. Impress Watch caught a look at them in an early press event.

Eden Tab packs MIUI onto a retail tablet… in Japan

For the most part, custom ROMs are the territory of modders and high-functioning enthusiasts, with one very important exception. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has the MI-One, a smarptohne sold at retail and through carriers that packs the popular MIUI custom ROM instead of stock Android. Now the MI-One is joined by a tablet sibling across a short sea: the Eden Tab, a 7-inch WiFi tablet that's being prepared for sale exclusively in Japan. Like the Mi-One, the Eden Tab will run MIUI instead of standard Android.

Fujitsu’s Stylistic M350 tablet makes us laugh derisively

Android tablets are getting better, especially if you do a little research before you buy. That said, consider this post all the research you need for Fujitsu's new tablet bound for Japan. The Stylistic M350 is overpriced, underpowered and underdone - if it were a loaf of bread, it wouldn't need a few extra minutes in the over ad a swift chuck into the nearest garbage can. What inspires this complete lack of confidence in the new tablet? Read on, Android enthusiasts, and cringe.

NEC MEDIAS ES N-05D is the latest ultra-slim superphone

Motorola didn't know they were setting off a fashionista arms race when they announced the DROID RAZR way back in November. The super-skinny superphone has drawn admiring reviews and no small amount of immitation, though Moto remains the only one close to its 7.1mm crown in the US market. The latest contender is the NEC MEDIAS N-05D (rolls off the tongue, dunnit?) slated for release on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The 6.7mm Android smartphone will launch in the first quarter of this year.

No objections – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy coming to Android

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last ten years, odds are pretty good that you've heard of Capcom's ultra-successful Ace Attorney series of detective/lawyer games for the Nintendo DS. Good news, legal eagles: the first three games in the series will soon be gracing your Android phone or tablet. The three titles will be made available on the Android Market. Developer Capcom didn't say when the games would be made available, but they'll cost 600 yen each or 1200 yen for the whole set - that's about $8 and $16 in US currency. Only Japanese versions are confirmed at the moment, but the series has done very well in the US and Europe, so expect a localized release at some point.
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