NEC's dual-screen Medias is like carrying two phones at once

Carrying a huge smartphone isn't for everyone. NEC's upcoming dual screen smartphone picks up where the Kyocera Echo failed, with larger screens, 4G LTE connectivity and the latest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Each screen on NEC's Medias W N-05E is 4.3-inches (diagonally) and have a 960 x 540 resolution, which makes them nearly as large as both screens on the Echo combined.

When joined, the two screens fold together into a larger 5.6-inch one and give users more pixels when it's needed. Apps can either run separately on each screen or take advantage of the extra screen estate. Media can also be shared between screens. There's still the matter of the slim bezel gap in the middle, but that's a limitation that'll be overcome once flexible displays start showing up on phones.

While the 12.2mm thick N-05E isn't particularly thin, the N-05E is still way more pocketable than trying to fit a Samsung Galaxy Note II or Huawei's upcoming 6.1-inch Ascend Mate into your pocket.

Inside of the N-05E is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal flash storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, microSDHC card slot and 2,100mAh battery.

NTT DoCoMo says the N-05E will come out this April in Japan. Pricing will be announced soon. What do you think? Is a dual-screen smartphone still a good idea, or has that boat sailed, now that "phablets" are all the rage?

NTTDocomo, via Engadget

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