KDDI unveiles10 new au-branded mobile phones for spring

The lineup includes a handset with an OLED display that is tailored for 1seg broadcasts, a model with e-paper for the first time in Japan and a model featuring a wireless music player function based on Bluetooth. Two of the new models are equipped with an OLED panel as the main display. One of them is the W61SA manufactured by Sanyo. This model has a 240×400 (wide QVGA) 3-inch OLED display, which will be the largest in Japan. Sanyo W61SA handset incorporates a touch sensor that enables users to control the volume of 1seg broadcasting and change the channel with the phone closed. The model supports Bluetooth and has an FM transmitter to transmit music content and so on to the audio componenent system, car stereo, etc connected with the phone.
Toshiba Corp’s W61T is another OLED model. It has a 2.8-inch OLED display featuring the 240× 400 (wide QVGA) resolution like the W61SA. It requires an external antenna to watch 1seg broadcasts because it does not have a built-in antenna for 1seg reception. It supports Bluetooth and is equipped with a 3.24-Mpixel CMOS camera.

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Other models slated for launch by KDDI include the W61S by Sony Ericsson is prefaced by the brand name of Sony Corp’s “Cyber-Shot” digital camera, the W62S (also made by Sony Ericsson) supporting the international roaming based on the GSM functionality. KDDI also unveiled Sanyo’s W62SA and Casio Computer Co Ltd’s W61CA, both of which are waterproof models. All models will be available in order from February 2008, according to the company.