Casio recently held a focus group to gauge interest in a number of new phone models and technologies, and as things normally go the information discussed behind closed doors isn’t staying a secret. The most interesting development is an interest from Casio to produce an Android 4.0 handset with all the bells and whistles of a top-of-the-line smartphone. The unnamed device was described as having a Super AMOLED display in excess of 4.5-inches, a quad-core CPU, and 4G LTE. Other specs would include an NFC chip, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, and a 2000mAh battery. Mock-ups of the device depicted a minimalistic design lacking in Android buttons, meaning the device would most likely rely on Ice Cream Sandwich’s software buttons.
Other potential devices shown to the focus group included a series of clamshell designs, a device featuring a 5-inch scree, and a new g’zOne handset for Verizon featuring a large display and the familiar rugged look of the series. New technologies such as extended waterproofing and shock resistance were also discussed.
It sounds like Casio wants to take the next step with their Android offerings, continuing to produce their niche g’zOne series while attempting to take on the elite offerings from manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC. A quad-core, 4G LTE handset certainly has my attention.