Usually, at the Mobile World Congress, there are many interesting gadgets that are waiting to be discovered. Such was the case with the NEC Media W N-05E, a flipping smartphone that reveals two 4.3 inch screens, which together deliver a combined size of 5.6 inch. Unfortunately for gadget lovers, the crazy designed NEC Medias W N-05E will be available only for the Japanese consumers (through NTT Docomo) but it is pretty hard to believe that it could prove to be an attractive device for consumers outside the country of the rising sun.
NEC Medias W obviously reminds us about the YotaPhone which also came on the market with a dual sided concept only that the phone from the Russian company isn’t flipping and the back screen is fueled by eInk while the NEC Medias W has a 4.3 inch qHD display. This weird hybrid does have some power inside, because, obviously, you do need some a lot of fuel to get this device running.
Hands on with NEC Medias W
NEC Medias W comes with an unique concept
The NEC Medias W’s display concept is interesting: you have a primary screen and a secondary screen, with the latter serving as a true support for multitasing. So, what would normally be a notifications bar it’s now actually a physical display. You are playing a game on your primary screen and you can have your Facebook feed on your second one. The same is valable for other things that you might want to do simultaneously – writing a text message and watching a TV show, playing a chess game with your friends and watching photos from your recent trip in Thailand.
Inside it has a Snapdragon S4 dual core clocked at 1.5 GHz which isn’t the latest when it comes to Qualcomm. The 1 GB of RAM should be enough, though. It also comes with a 8 MP camera and 16 GB of internal memory. However, it only has a 2100 mAh battery which I believe is far from enough to be able to feed it for a satisfying amount of time. Maybe they’ll improve this on other models, but as it stands right now, you won’t be able to survive an entire day if you’re going to use both screens.
The flipping device also has a microSD slot (up to 32 GB) andLTE support, but from what we know so far, only a frequency band for NTT Docomo. The phone did felt laggish, but only a few times, and let’s say that it was only because we had a prototype device. I don’t want to sound mean but there’s definitely one certain use for this piece of gadgetry – protection against thieves. You can really harm someone with this.