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KDDI Announces New Android Smartphones, Tablet PC and Partnership With Skype

KDDI today announced the integration of Skype across KDDI's services as well as the release of the Samsung SMT-i9100 tablet PC in Japan early 2011.

Skype will be initially available on the au Android smartphone "IS03" and "IS01" from November this year; with plans for deeper integration on a range of au Android devices as well as BREW devices in 2011, the Japanese company said.

Under the partnership, the two companies have created a whole new communications experience for Japanese users, offering them a new way to connect with friends and family both domestically as well as internationally.

Japanese customers on the KDDI network can bring their Skype conversations with them wherever they go and stay connected with their friends at all times by sending and receiving Instant Messages with the Skype app running in the background. Skype uses KDDI's voice network for Skype-to-Skype calls.

au "IS series"

KDDI's au smartphone "IS series" will be available by Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company in late December, 2010. All three models feature Android operating system and vary in types from those with functions that are unique in Japan, such as Osaifu-Keitai, one-segment TV broadcasting, infrared light communications, and e-mail with "@ezweb.ne.jp" address, to a global model made overseas.

"REGZA Phone IS04" adopts visual technology Toshiba developed with its TV series "REGZA" to enjoy high-quality visual images. In addition to functions common in Japan, such as one-segment TV broadcasting and Osaifu-Keitai, the model is made water-proof .

"IS05" is a handy-sized smartphone for female customers, focusing on easy usage and communication quality. It can shoot high-definition movies.

"SIRIUSα IS06" is a global standard model featuring the latest Android operating system "Froyo."

7-inch SMT-i9100 Android Tablet

KDDI will also release the Android-based Samsung "SMT-i9100" tablet PC model in late February 2011.

The "SMT-i9100" is based on the Android 2.2 OS, it comes with an 7-inch touchscreen (1024 x 600), Flash content support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (2.1 + EDR) connectivity, 521MB RAM and support for microSD/microSDHC (2GB~32GB). It's weight tis 450g and its size 199 X 129.5 X 13.9 mm (W X H X D).

The tablet PC comes with an Ocean Observation UI on top of that Android OS, and not with the usual TouchWiz solution.

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