Casio, Hitachi and NEC have agreed to merge their respective mobile phone divisions into one single entity. NEC will initially own 66% of the said joint venture. In their view, combining their technology and resources will help them better compete in the home market of Japan, as well as abroad. The companies plan to complete the unification by April 2010.
Hitachi has sudenly rolled out its new mobile phone, the W63H. This clamshell will be available in orange, black or white colors, will have a 3.1" OLED display at 480 x 800 resolution, 1-Seg support, and will measure 50 x 110 x 17.4 mm while weighing 123 grams.
Japanese KDDI will soon start offering Casio and Hitachi handsets equipped with Electronic ink displays, previously known as electrophoretic displays (EPD). This display technology offers increased readability in direct sunlight and consumes very little power.