If Samsung has its own phoneblet (i.e., the Samsung Galaxy Note) making its way to the market, NEC is on the verge of developing an ultra-thin netbook that also functions as a tablet.
With the collaboration of Lenovo, the company has been developing an early prototype of the first Android 2.3 Gingerbread 7-inch screened, ultra-thin netbook/tablet, the NEC MGX.
Tadashi Onodera, head of NEC’s Product Development, said that the device will cost around 80,000 yen, or about US$1,050.
The release date for the NEC MGX will reportedly still be far away–in 2013–and the company didn’t mention availability of the netbook/tablet in non-Japanese markets either.
PC Watch was able to get its hands on the NEC MGX prototype and noted the special hinges on the device that allows you to flip the netbook up to 360 degrees, bringing its 7-inch touchscreen on top of the keyboard, making it look like a tablet. The screen itself has a display resolution of 1024×600 pixels.
The NEX MGX’s physical dimensions are 215 mm x109 mm x 9.9 mm. It weighs about 350 grams.
However, although sporting a full QWERTY keyboard, its single-row arrow keys–like those on the previous NEC MobilePro–could potentially scare away those who are accustomed to having the Up arrow key on top of the Down arrow key. The keyboard itself is said to be 1 millimeter thin.
The device prototype is currently running Android 2.3 Gingerbread; however, it is possible that the NEC MGX may carry the latest Android operating system when released in 2013. By that time, the Android version codename will probably already begin with the letter L or M.
Also under its hood is a battery pack with power to last up to 10 hours. Radios for 3G and Wi-Fi are also reportedly packed into the thin netbook.
Will you part with a thousand dollars for a netbook/tablet device such as the NEC MGX, or would you buy separate devices for each?