Tuesday 11 March 1997 | 00:00 CET | News
Kyocera (Japan), electronics group, has launched the Datascope DS-110 mobile phone in Japan, complete with microcomputer and LCD to allow users to access online and E-mail services. It is the first such handset with a screen to be launched in Japan, and is similar to the larger Handy Terminal offered by Nokia. Kyocera has designed the product as a wireless mobile modem for linking computers to networks. Datascope DS-110 is a blend of Kyocera's knowledge of wireless personal handyphone comms, combined with International Business Machines (IBM) computer technology. The device has Kyocera's silent ID vibration unit to notify users of incoming calls, and the firm's new 'good manners' system, which enables users to speak quietly in public by increasing microphone sensitivity. The device relies on pre-installed software to access networks on its own, and the screen displays up to 12 horizontal characters, with text edit functions. The device is compatible with Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and other operating systems, and weighs 175 g. Kyocera plans to add groupware capability in the future, and will monitor Japanese sales to decide if it will launch the product overseas. Cost: some Y45k.

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