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.
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )