This may not mean much for Western customers, but being that Japan is one of the world’s largest smartphone markets, it would be interesting to see what’s in store for the year 2013 for one of Japan’s largest carriers. NTT DoCoMo released its 2013 roadmap in the form of a chart, which features details for its “2013 Next” lineup of handsets.
Some of these handsets include the LG Optimus G Pro and the Sony Xperia Z, two high-end devices that were announced just recently.
By now, almost everyone knows about the Xperia Z, Sony’s new waterproof flagship with a 5-inch display and 1080p resolution. The Optimus G Pro was announced this week, and it too will be sporting a similar screen size and full-HD display to the Xperia Z.
Perhaps the most fascinating device in here is one not too many Westerners know about – the Panasonic Eluga X. This Japanese flagship phone also has a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and distinguishes itself with an impressive 13.2-megapixel rear camera. Again, these are similar specs to the Xperia Z and Optimus G Pro, but it’s worth mentioning because the Eluga X has pretty much flown under the radar and wasn’t even unveiled at CES 2013.
The release dates of the NTT DoCoMo “NEXT” series are as follows – January 30 for the Eluga X, a tentative February 9 for the Xperia Z, mid-February for the Fujitsu Arrows X (another 5-inch, 1080p device), early April for the Optimus G Pro and the Huawei Ascend D2 and mid-April for the NEC Medias W, a unique handset with dual 4.3-inch folding screens.