Freetel, a little known Japanese phone maker, this week announced two Windows 10 Mobile smartphones – the first ones to be made in Japan. Called Katana 01 and Katana 02, the handsets are affordable, and will probably be among the world’s first commercially available Windows 10 Mobile devices.

Meet the first Windows 10 Mobile phones from Japan: Freetel Katana 01 and Katana 02

The Freetel Katana 01 sports a 4.5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core processor (unknown manufacturer). It also features LTE connectivity, front and rear facing cameras, and a 1700 mAh battery.

The Katana 02 is powered by an unknown quad-core processor, too, but it’s larger than the 01 model, offering a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels. Other features include LTE, front and rear cameras, and a 2600 mAh battery.

Reportedly, Freetel plans to launch the Katana 01 and Katana 02 as soon as Microsoft officially releases Windows 10 Mobile, which might happen in September. The handsets will be offered SIM-free across Japan, costing around $160 (Katana 01), and around $240 (Katana 02).

We don’t know if the Katana 01 and Katana 02 will be available outside of Japan. However, earlier this year Freetel announced that it would bring “high-quality products” to “overseas markets”, so maybe the two Windows 10 handsets are included here. We’ll let you know.


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