NEC Casio Planning Android Handset; Is it the Casio C771?
NEC Casio Mobile Communications is poised to become yet another player in the Android game. The company will introduce its first such phones to both Japanese and North American markets next year.
The new company formed by NEC, Hitach, and Casio in May is largely an NEC venture, with a 71% share of the partnership. Casio holds on to 20% of the pie, with Hitachi controlling the remaining 9%.
Right now NEC Casio Mobile doesn’t make any smartphones at all, so it’s about to make a big shift in its lineup. By 2012, half of its sales could be in smartphones; it estimates selling about six million, with around half of those sales occurring internationally.
Oddly enough for a Japanese venture, North America should get first dibs on its initial smartphone. That model is planned for a March release, with three more coming to Japan by the end of summer.
There’s a chance that the company’s Casio C771, which just passed FCC muster, could be a part of these plans. Its radio setup suggests that it’s designed for use with Verizon. Though the FCC documents don’t reveal much in the way of the phone’s design, the inclusion of features like a touchscreen, accelerometer, and compass all point to a smartphone. There are already accessories lined-up for the C771, making us think a release date is nigh.