Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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NEC's foldable dual screen phablet: Medias W

One big display is good, but two is even better. That's exactly what NEC has done with its phablet Medias W N-05E, a dual-screen folding Android smartphone. This 'laptop backwards' design for a smartphone has features which will find many admirers. Ignoring the gap down the middle, when opened, the two qHD 4.3-inch screens make a 5.6 inch diagonal screen.

What makes Medias W's big screen very useful is its ability to run two applications at the same time. That is, you can use one screen to browse the internet and the other to manage your calendar or whatever you like. Or, you can have both as one big screen for whatever use you fancy. The big drawback, however, is that most apps presently only work in single-screen mode. Viewing maps on the dual screen is one big advantage of this phone. Another fun ability is its ability to play the same video on both screens, letting you watch something at the same time as someone sat across the table.

And finally, of course the Kyocera Echo and Sony Tablet P have done similar things before but it seems that NEC has done it a lot better. In Japan, the model will be available in April, the price of the device has not yet been disclosed.

1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor,
8.1-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS camera
1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
WiFi and hotspot capability
1GB of RAM
16GB of built-in memory
MicroSD expansion
Battery: 2100mAh capacity (4G LTE network 460 hours standby and 630 hours standby in 3G network under a talk time of 500 minutes)
Two 4.3-inch Capacitive touchscreen, each 540 x 960 in resolution
12.2mm thick
64mm in width when closedAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean


via The Verge, Android Authority, Softpedia