Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. will release a smartphones for the elderly in France through major French telecommunications company France Telecom within this year, it was learned Monday.
Fujitsu aims to sell the Raku-Raku smartphone throughout Europe. Such models are already sold in Japan.
This will mark Fujitsu's first full-fledged sales of mobile phones overseas although it has sold some models in China and Taiwan on a trial basis.
The Raku-Raku smartphone features easy-to-see large icons for software functions. It is intended for users unfamiliar with smartphones.
Total sales of the Raku-Raku mobile phone series topped 20 million units in Japan in 2011 after it was launched in 2001 as a conventional mobile handset.
Fujitsu expects steady demand in Europe as smartphones targeted at the elderly are still uncommon abroad although rivals Apple Inc. of the United States and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. dominate the global market for smartphones.
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