KDDI Hitachi W61H comes with e-ink display

Remember when you used to search for that cool Xpress-On covers to make your Nokia mobile phone cool and different? Samsung actually presented the changeable color covers on it’s SBH-660 clamshell as a cool innovation just last year.

But soon a piece of color plastic to make your phone look different may seem so last century, as to be embarrassing.

And what’s to take it’s place? How about electronic ink displays on the phone cover, that you can configure to show any picture you want?

That’s what Hitachi is suggesting with it’s new Hitachi W61H clamshell for KDDI spring collection:

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Hitachi W61H flip phone has a black and white 2.7″ e-ink display called “Silhouette screen” on the front cover. It comes with a number (actually 95 of them) of pre-installed graphic patterns, that user can select to make the phone look different.

For now, this e-ink display on the mobile phone is pretty basic, limited and available only in Japan. But give it a few years for improvements in e-ink/e-paper technologies, and we can expect another new market for mobile phone downloads to develop.

But this time, instead of ringtones and screensavers, we will be downloading the patterns and pictures for our phone covers.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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