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MWC 2013: Meet the world’s thinnest tablet, the NEC Medias Tab ULN-08D

The world's thinnest tablet was launched last year on NTT Docomo (opens in new tab) and it has surfaced on NEC's booth at MWC. The NEC Medias Tab ULN-08D is a mere 7.9mm thick and weighs only 249g.

It runs on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, has LTE built-in, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a 3,100mAh battery, a 7in 1,280 x 800 pixels display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a front facing 2-megapixel one, Android 4.0 ICS and Bluetooth 4.0.

When we saw it, it was docked to a very nice docking station and has that white glossy finish that's so common with Japanese mobile devices. Lifting it up was a pseudo-eye opener on two levels.

Firstly, it is extremely light, smartphone light . Secondly, for some reason, NEC decided to include haptic vibration capabilities with the promise of an "extra-tactile" display.

As NEC puts it, the technology uses Piezzo technology which is "10 times faster than existing actuator" and the "HD Reverb creates complementary haptic effects in real time".

Another useful feature is a dual tab browser where you can divide the screen into two and browse two websites at the same time. Whether this will actually be useful in real life remains to be seen given that each will have 640 x 800 pixels.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.