Softbank introduces Pocket Full-Seg Digital TV tuner with recording for iPhone

by Sayan Chakravarty

Apple iPhone has never been able to make inroads in the Japanese market as the consumers there have a different set of demands from their smartphones out of which One-Seg digital TV tuner is a must-have feature. The official iPhone operator in Japan, Softbank, has been trying to address the missing feature by creating bespoke accessories. The Japanese company first introduced a portable digital One-Seg TV tuner for iPhone back in 2008. The company has introduced a new version named the ‘Pocket Full-Seg’ which is compatible with Full-segment terrestrial digital broadcasting (12-segment) and can be used with both iPhones and iPads.

The main feature of the palm sized TV tuner is that it is capable of recording TV programs. The Tuner measures 116 × 72 × 16mm (WxHxD) and weighs 130g; it is equipped with with a (2.4GHz band) wireless LAN function of the IEEE 802.11b/g/n. It is capable of receiving both Full-Seg as well as One-Seg transmission and is compatible with iPhone 5/5s/5c and 4th generation iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini Retina. The portable TV tuner is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery which gives it enough juice to keep it running for 6 hours on continues use. The Pocket Full-Seg TV tuner will be available in Japan by mid-March and will retail for 12,720 Yen ($125 approx).

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[Via – Impress]