It's finally happened. Ever since the first ultra-tiny pico-projectors started to hit, I've been waiting to see one stuck on a smartphone. Now, according to Akihabara News, Fujitsu is about to make this wonderful dream a reality. At least for people who live in Japan.
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The F-04B is like no smartphone you've ever seen. It's modular, and consists of up to three layers that slide together to make a Bluetooth-connected smartphone sandwich. This device has a display unit with a 3.4" touchscreen and a keyboard unit, each with its own Lithium-Ion battery. The full QWERTY keyboard can be removed, allowing you to use the phone as a thin touchscreen device. On its own, the keyboard acts as a microphone, speaker, and gamepad.
Where this thing starts to get truly badass is with the optional attached pico-projector. This little gadget is 6 lumens bright and comes with an 800 mAh battery with a 2 hour lifespan at the highest luminance. It can display at a resolution of 854 x 480. You just attach the projector to the screen, and use the keyboard as a remote control.
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The 12.1 MP camera is described as "nice for a phone", and the whole product together does seem to be a little bulky. The touchscreen was the only disappointment noted by Akhibara; apparently it's not as responsive as it could be. There's been no info yet as to when or if this hot piece of gadget will be coming to the US, but that won't stop me from dreaming.