Fujitsu-Toshiba Mobile ARROWS Z ISW11F: 4.3-inch 1280×720 LCD

TechCrunch: 1280×720 on a smartphone is where it’s going, except for Apple. I just wrote about the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE that sports a 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED. And about a week ago there was news regarding the 4.5-inch 1280×720 AH-IPS LCD sporting LG LU6200 Optimus LTE. And now, we have the Fujitsu-Toshiba Mobile ARROWS Z ISW11F.

The Android 2.3.5 smartphone packs a 4.3-inch LCD with a 1280×720 pixel format. That’s a 0.2 inches smaller than the LU6200 Optimus LTE but with the same number of pixels. I believe the ARROWS Z ISW11F takes the title of resolution king with a ppi of 341.5. In 2012 most high-end smartphones will most likely sport a pixel format of 1280×720. I don’t think Apple will be there though.

1280×720 has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and is great for 16:9 720p HD video playback, but we do a lot more than watch movies on our smartphones. That’s why Apple made the iPhone displays 3:2. Of course that also made it not so great for watching 16:9 videos. If only displays could morph into the best aspect ratio for what we are doing at the time…

The choice is clear. If 16:9 720p HD video playback is a really big thing for you then the three 1280×720 Android smartphones must be at the top of your list. If you already have a huge collection of multimedia and apps on your iPhone, then stick to it because the 3.5-inch 960×640 Retina Display is absolutely superb for almost anything you’d want to do on it. It’s just that the new crop of high-end Android smartphones with a 1280×720 pixel format is perfect for 720p HD video.

Other noteworthy specifications include a waterproof body, 13 megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor, and 1080p HD video recording. Japanese smartphone manufacturers seem to have figured out how to waterproof the body without adding bulk. I hope this becomes standard practice because I still vividly remember pulling out my iPhone 3G from my pool-dunked jeans and hoping it was going to continue working. It did, for another five minutes. If only the iPhone had been waterproof.

The Sony sourced Exmor R for mobile CMOS image sensor is thirteen megapixels. Backside illumination (BSI) technology to improve the light gathering capabilities of those thirteen million pixels is used, but I think both Sony and Fujitsu-Toshiba Mobile went a little overboard. 1080p HD video recording, on the other hand, is just right.

The WIMAX global phone is offered by KDDI in Japan and is expected to be available in November.