It truly is the year of the phablet.
Earlier we reported on the Asus Fonepad which is the biggest phablet to date. The NEC Medias achieves second place for biggest phablet of MWC but with a twist. Actually its less of a twist and more of a flip.
The Medias is a dual screen phone that can be used as a single 4.3 inch display or combined with another 4.3 inch display to form a 5.6 inch psuedo-tablet. At that point the user can open tasks on both screens or across them as one screen.
Kyocera tried this concept with phones a long time ago…and it failed miserably
Where Kyocera failed before, NEC aims to succeed. The Medias can easily be used as one device, the thickness is acceptable, and the operating system is up to date. The core components, though, are a bit lacking and that causes some worry.
This phablet will be running a Snapdragon S4 1.5 ghz, 1GB RAM, 16GB built in storage with microSD storage expansion, 2100mAh battery, and an 8MPX camera. The camera will function as the front OR back camera depending on flip orientation. The two screens are 4.3 inches with a qHD resolution of 960×540. The opened device will then have a total resolution of 960 x 1080. The whole package is a mere 13mm thick.
The device is set to release on NTT DOCOMO in Japan later this year, with no word about global release.
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