We got our first chance to check out the HTC J in person today at KDDI / au's summer lineup launch event. The J is essentially a Japanese variant of the One S — it's got a 4.3 inch qHD Pentile display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. At 10mm, the J is thicker than both the One S and the One X, but the curved design works really well with the rounded glass and the phone actually feels great in the hands. It runs on au's WiMAX network, which is still widely used in Japan, though the carrier will be rolling out LTE at the end of this year.

Another difference is the UI, which eschews Sense 4.0 for a skin similar to that of the HTC Rhyme on Verizon and features transparent widgets — we were told that HTC's traditional clock design would obscure the wallpaper too much for Japanese customers, who apparently like to use family portraits as a home screen background. The phone does still run Android 4.0 underneath, though, and has features from Sense 4.0 such as the improved camera app. It comes in black, red, or white, and all models will have Beats earphones packed in.