Thursday, May 21, 2009

Biggest In Japan...Panasonic P906i

According to a story from Wireless Watch Japan a new study by research firm GfK, based on POS data, has determined that the Panasonic P906i offered by operator NTT DoCoMo was the top selling handset in Japan during 2008. The report goes on to list the overall market Top 10 devices and Top 10 by operator. As usual, most of these phones have never seen the light of day outside of Japan. Circa 2005 Sprint in the US and Vodafone UK did attempt to offer some Japanese handsets...but they never seemed to get popular traction with consumers. I once heard that some US/Euro operators didn't like Japanese handsets because the manufacturers wouldn't indemnify them against health claims (yikes!)...could be nonsense. On the flip-side western handsets have never done very well in Japan. Global leader Nokia has tried and failed twice to penetrate the market...surrendering last time at the end of 2008. The only non-Japanese handset on this list is the 3G iPhone, which is the #3 handset on the #3 operator (it did not make the overall Top 10).

Here are some key specs for the P906i:
  • 2-way shellcase, opens vertically & horizontally
  • 3.1" widescreen VGA display (854x480)
  • One-Segment Mobile TV Tuner
  • 5.1 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 200 hrs continuous talk
  • 58o hrs of standby
  • Micro SD/SDHC
  • 123 gms

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