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Toshiba BookPlace DB50 takes the color e-reader craze to Japan

7-inch Android devices that blur the lines between a "color e-reader" and "budget tablet" are all the rage here in the US, bud purpose-built models are a bit thin on the ground elsewhere. Toshiba aims to change that, at least in its home country of Japan. The BookPlace DB50 combines a unique shape with a customized version of Gingerbread to create a device purpose-built for Toshiba's proprietary bookstore, which now serves up "about 50,000" Japanese books and periodicals.

Fujitsu Arrows ES IS12F — world’s thinnest smartphone available Jan. 7th

If you thought the DROID RAZR was thin then you'll want to take a gander at the new Fujitsu ARROWS ES IS12F smartphone. The RAZR at the thinnest point comes in around 7.1mm but Fujitsu has taken things a step further and this beast measures a paper-thin 6.7mm thick. This phone was first spotted at the FCC back in November, but is now set to hit a few Japanese markets on January 7th.

Sharp unveils Aquos IS14SH with slide-out numeric keypad

There's something to be said for the old T9 input system. Most often that something is "why would you use it on a touchscreen," but for a certain type of user it's extremely useful. Sharp is playing to those users with the unfortunately named Aquos IS14SH,  heading to the Japanese market in the near future. The odd combination of a 3.7-inch touchscreen and a full number pad is achieved by a bottom-sliding mechanism.

Fujitsu aims for the DROID RAZR with 6.7MM thin ARROWS ES

Manufacturing the smallest, lightest, and thinnest in this day and age means that there's always someone waiting to take your title away. In the case of Motorola's drool-worthy DROID RAZR, the challenger is Fujitsu's ARROWS ES IS12F smartphone, performing a caliper double-take at 6.7 millimeters. That's a whole .4mm thinner than the RAZR - a vital statistic when space in your skinny jeans is at a premium. This is almost certainly the same hardware as the Arrows-F-07D that made its way through the FCC last month.

Galaxy Nexus his NTT DoCoMo in Japan on December 2nd

Yes, America, everyone gets the Galaxy Nexus before you. The latest is the Japanese market, where Samsung will release the phone into the open arms of carrier NTT DoCoMo. The Galaxy Nexus lands in the land of the rising sun gets it on December 2nd, this Friday. DoCoMo gets the GSM version that's currently on sale in Europe, but there's no mention of a price just yet.

Yahoo Japan launches its own Android App Store

My my my, Android app stores certainly seem to be cropping up a lot lately, don't they? The latest is Yahoo Market, a competitor for the Android Market and the Amazon Appstore that's only available in Japan at the moment. The store features the obligatory Android app and most popular Android games. At the moment it's just a listing of apps available in the official Android Market, but Yahoo says they they'll be selling apps on their own in the spring of 2012.

Sony’s Tablet S and Tablet P get Japanese 3G versions on October 28th

Sony's first entries into the Honeycomb tablet market, the creatively-named Tablet S and Tablet P, are getting mobile broadband versions in their home market. Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo will start selling 3G versions of both devices on October 28th. On this side of the Pacific, the Tablet S is only available in a WiFi version, and the dual-screen tablet P is still a complete no-show.

Disney dances into the Android smartphone market with two new phones

It appears Mickey Mouse has found his ears and came to his senses with Disney set to launch two new Android smartphones. It looks like Lion King and the Little Mermaid are about to get replaced by the little green robot we call Andy. Along with the first Disney Android smartphone, they are about to launch two new updated models and we have the details below for all you Disney fans-- we know there are plenty of you.
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