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One of the coolest Sanyo phones on display (other than the concepts) wasn't in the Sanyo booth at all - it was in the SD Card Pavilion. The V801SA is the new 3G world phone offered by Japanese carrier Vodafone KK (formerly J-Phone). It's the first true world phone for Japan that works in the U.S. It supports WCDMA (for Japan) and tri-band GSM (for everywhere else).

This impressive specimen has dual VGA cameras, a slider design, and an SD card slot. It also supports true 2-way video calling (in Japan only) and has a high-resolution QVGA display.

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Jumping back to the Sanyo booth, a few other overseas phones of note were on display.

The first was their FM radio model. By itself, this isn't a ground-breaking feature, but the phone is still notable for its large external display, outer control buttons, stylish design, and very thin profile.

The other phone was their new bone-conduction model. The idea is that you press the special area on the cover against your skull, and it vibrates the sound into your head. It only works on Japanese networks, so I wasn't able to give it a try, but the "bulge" for the bone-conduction part is quite big, and really takes away from the coolness factor.

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