January 26, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
While it’s nothing out of ordinary to see a bunch of gadgets unveiled or released in Asia and especially in Japan, today seems like a special day, with not one, but two Android devices that I myself would like to see in the US as well being revealed.
Toshiba has just unveiled a good-looking and pretty snappy e-book reader and now a Disney Mobile smartphone targeted towards women and kids has been revealed as well and is due to hit the market next month.
The DM012SH has a very special and original design, inspired by Disney’s classic character Mickey Mouse. Even though I’m past the age of watching Mickey Mouse cartoons, I think that a smartphone like this, which is both slim and chic, but also functional and powerful, could well become a hit for kids and teenagers.
Available in two colors, pink and white, the 4-inch smartphone is set to be resistant to dust and water, which once again makes it a perfect choice for clumsy kids nowadays. There’s a bit of power under the device’s hood as well, with a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255T processor and 512 MB of RAM among the phone’s tech specs.
The 4-inch display sported by the Disney Mobile DM012SH should also be pretty nice, coming with a 960 x 540 pixels resolution, while an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera is decent, if not perfect, for a medium-range gadget like this.
Other features include 4 GB of internal storage space (kind of poor, if you ask me), as well as WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a micro USB port and a microSD card slot. Also, the smartphone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is not ideal, but I guess is decent enough for this gadget’s target customers.
The 4-inch Android based smartphone will be made available in Japan in mid-February for a yet to be specified price and for the time being we have no news about a possible US or Europe release. What do you think, would such a device have any chance of becoming successful in the US of A?