Japan aims at Samsung with dual-screen phones

Do not mistake them to be concept designs. Dual-screen mobile phones will be showcased during the forthcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona and could be out in the market by April 2013.

Even as South Korea’s Samsung plans to take over the smartphone industry with new concepts like flexible displays, the Japanese are planning a comeback into the sector with attractive models and new innovations.

Japanese NEC Corporation says it will showcase some of its cutting edge devices during the MWC and that includes the Medias W N-05E.

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has also promised to introduce the phone as part of its spring line-up.

The phone will have two LCD displays of 4.3-inch each and when flipped open, will merge into one, turning out into a 5.6 inch screen.

The concept isn’t new – mobile gaming consoles like Nintendo have been doing so for a while now, but twin-display screens hadn’t crossed over into the world of smartphones.

Until now, that is.

The twin displays also allows users to view two different apps at the same time. Each display has a 540X960 resolution and the phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera.

The handset only has a built in storage of 16GB but comes with a micro SD slot. The phone is also LTE powered allowing internet speeds of up to 100mbps.


The easy-to-use ‘W browser,’ enabled by the dual-screen design, allows users to browse two websites at the same time or to view a single site or application across both screens, such as a map or news site.

Among the other devices planned by NEC is what they are terming could be the world’s lightest tablet.

The ‘Medias TAB UL N-08D’ Tablet to be released by Japanese telecom giant docomo (not to be mistaken for TATA docomo) weighs only 249g and measures 7.9mm in thickness.

The light-bodied tablet is powered by a high-fidelity piezo actuator that supports haptics technologies and promises much better user experience in playing games and typing on a virtual keyboard. Two divided windows are useful for searching for and comparing information.

NEC is also promising to come out with a bigger sized tablet a 10.1-inch but again a lightweight unit. The tablet will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core and will come with a HDMI output terminal.

Among the series of other phones NEC plans to release along with docomo are the Medias Χ N-04E which features a 4.7-inch HD EL display and 1.5GHz quad-core CPU. The LTE powered phone will also come with a 13.1 mega pixel camera and wireless charging and the Medias U N-02E with a much better protective features including dust proof and scratch.