Hitachi follows Moto with e-ink handset
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E-ink seems to have left its mark on Hitachi, because the manufacturer has used the technology in its latest handset - the W61H.
Hitachi's W61H: fitted with a 2.7in e-ink display
The clamshell phone’s lid-mounted e-ink display, or “Silhouette Screen” as it’s dubbed by Hitachi, measures 2.7in.The W61H also has a more traditional main display: a 2.8in LCD.
E-ink displays consist of positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles, suspended in a specialist liquid and then printed onto a ‘plastic’ film. An electronic circuit is built into the film and display drivers in the gadget use this to control the formation of the pixels seen by users. One major benefit is that e-ink displays use much less power than, say, LCD displays do.
Its 2.8in front LCD display shows video content from HD sources
The handset incorporates a digital TV tuner aligned to Japan's 1Seg system. It's capable of picking up HD broadcasts, downscaling them to fit its main display.
Measuring 107 x 51 x 17mm, the phone also features a 1.9-megapixel camera, which can store images on Micro SD cards of up to 2GB. A voice memo function enables it to act as a dictaphone, though by only recording up to four 20s sound clips it won’t be a competitor to Sony’s ICDUX70 and ICDUX80 MP3 dictation devices .
Users get a maximum talk time of about 340 minutes, from a 140-minute charge.
The W61H isn't the first e-ink handset to hit the market. Motorola’s Motophone F3 - reviewed here  - already uses an e-ink display. As does Sony’s eBook reader  gizmo, Amazon.com's Kindle  and the upcoming Readius , due this summer.
European users will have to sit tight for the time been because, so far, the handset’s only being, unveiled for the Japanese market.