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MWC 2013 Exclusive: NEC Medias W N-05E tablet-o-phone bound for Europe

We briefly went to NEC’s booth at MWC to take a look at its Medias W N-05E, a phone that has two displays and is presented as a tablet-o-phone rather than a phablet, which is basically a bigger smartphone.

The phone has been launched in Japan via NTT-Docomo in January and will go on sale in April 2013. We can now reveal that it will come in Europe in 2013, according to an anonymous source at the company.

He was not able to confirm when exactly, at what price and perhaps most importantly, whether it would be via a mobile phone operator. Should this happen, that would be a real coup for the company who left the UK mobile phone market more than a decade ago.

The main selling point of the Media W N-05E smartphone is its two 4.3in 960 x 540 pixels displays that can be used independently or together. When used at the same time, it transforms into a virtual 5.6inch 960 x 1,080 pixels tablet.

The device reminded us of the Kyocera Echo Dual Screen handset, the SCH-W999 from Samsung or even the clamshell Sony Tablet P tablet.

The phone also comes with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon, the MSM8960, clocked at 1.5GHz, with an 8-megapixel camera, a 2,100mAh battery that can power the phone for around 10 hours, Android 4.1, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot and Bluetooth 4.0.

Arguably, using it as a phone will require you to fold it. In that format, the phone measures 12.2mm thick and weighs 183g.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.