by Aerol Bibat, 1 year ago
Dual-screen isn’t exactly a new idea – it is however a difficult one. The only phone that aimed for dual-screen functionality was the Kyocera Echo and that wasn’t exactly a stunning success. Well, Frog Design…
This isn’t the first time we’re talking about the NEC Medias W dual-screen Android smartphone, but the device has been spotted at MWC 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, and could provide insight into what future smartphone/tablet combos could offer. Best of all, this particular Medias W unit seems to be an international prototype, although NEC isn't ready to make any announcements yet.
The Medias W features two 4.3-inch touchscreen displays, one on either side of the smartphone, at least in smartphone mode. Because the hinge keeping the two sides together can also offer you a 5.6-inch tablet mode, as shown in the pictures.
The Medias W is not a high-end Android device, and it may have some difficulty fighting even mid-rangers this year, but it proposes us another alternative form factor in a world where smartphone displays can only go so high up – after all we’ve already seen smartphones that want to be tablets and tablets that want to make phone calls at this year’s MWC show, so why not consider NEC’s solution of increasing the display size.
When it comes to specs and features, you can expect this dual-screen device to offer you two 4.3-inch LCD displays featuring a 960 x 540 resolution (each), 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD support, 8-megapixel camera (no front-facing camera here,) 2100mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean under the hood.
While Japanese Android fans will get their hands on the NEC Medias W at some point in April, it’s not clear when international consumers will be able to order one for themselves.