Fujitsu's waterproof, fingerprint-scanning phone

Offered through NTT DoCoMo, the phone is able to withstand submersion in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes.

For your next spy mission, consider the F-01A phone from Fujitsu.

It's a sleek-looking phone with some serious, sophisticated technological and rugged credentials. It's submersible--it will still work if dunked in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes--and also functions as a fingerprint-scanning device.

Fujitsu phone fingerprint NTT DoCoMo
Fujitsu phone is waterproof and uses fingerprint-scanning technology. Tech-On

The phone uses AuthenTec's TouchStone technology, which is a fingerprint scanner that is utilized to navigate the device's controls, and TrueFinger, which is security software from AuthenTec, which matches fingerprint patterns. It's the first phone to use the software/hardware combination, according to AuthenTec.

The F-01A also functions as a normal (for Japan, anyway) phone: It's a Symbian-based phone with a 3.5-inch VGA touch-screen. There's a 5.2-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, mobile payment capabilities, and a built-in TV tuner.

It's going to be available from NTT DoCoMo in Japan, though no prices are available yet.

(Via Electronista)

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