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Slew of new smartphones in Japan is peek at tech trends

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Following the launch of the Nokia Lumia 925, Sony Xperia ZR and the BlackBerry Q5 this week, the smartphone and tablet announcements just keep coming, at least in Japan. 

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has announced 10 new smartphones and one tablet rolling out in Japan. Emerging trends seem to be 13-megapixel (and higher) primary cameras, 2,000 mAh-plus batteries, LTE connectivity, NFC and quad-core processors. Four models offer the same sort of gesture navigation as introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S4 that allows you to operate the device without actually touching it. Two models are also designed for use with just one hand. You're not likely to see these same devices elsewhere, but their debut might be an indication of what's to come. 

Of course, me might not ever see any of these models outside Japan but here's a quick look at some of the more interesting models: 

Fujitsu Arrows NX

The 5.2-inch Arrows NX boasts a 16-megapixel primary camera and a 1920 x 1080 display. Running Android 4.2, the phone is powered by both a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and a powerful 3,020 mAh battery.

 You'll only see this 16-megapixel Fujitsu phone in Japan.

Sony Xperia A

The waterproof, dust-resistant Xperia A looks an awful lot like the Sony Xperia ZR, with a 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 display and a 13MP Exmor RS sensor. It's powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and is running Android 4.1.

The Xperia A will be available in white, black, pink and mint.

Sharp Aquos Pad 

The Aquos Pad looks interesting: Its 7-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor running Android 4.2. Camera specs are impressive for a tablet -- now if it wasn't so awkward to shoot with: The primary camera is 8.1 megapixels while the front-facing camera is 2.1 megapixels.

The Aquos Pad comes with an 8.1-megapixel primary camera.

You can read the full press release on NTT Docomo's website

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