HTC introduces the world's first 5-inch 1080p smartphone in Japan, the HTC J Butterfly
News On Japan via Forbes -- Oct 18
Considering how few distinct products it produces, Apple gets a wildly disproportionate amount of attention for its smartphone releases. It is easy for us to forget in the U.S. that ours may not be the world's most advanced market for mobile. Arguably, Japan's is, and the new J Butterfly smartphone from HTC makes that point stunningly.
Sam Byford of The Verge reports on a hands-on preview of the device in Tokyo today, calling its inch full 1080p HD Super LCD 3 screen , "Truly a sight to behold." There have been rumors here about a 5-inch HTC phone for Verizon, but it looks like Japan will beat us to having a living room in our pockets.
With a 440 ppi screen, text on this Android device is crisp and super-retinal, and the quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon chip and 2GB of RAM should give it plenty of power, as should an oversize battery to keep up with all those pixels.
A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter )
Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to open planned examinations of three witnesses who are former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and now death-row inmates, during an upcoming trial of another former senior Aum member. (Jiji Press )