Motorola didn't know they were setting off a fashionista arms race when they announced the DROID RAZR way back in November. The super-skinny superphone has drawn admiring reviews and no small amount of immitation, though Moto remains the only one close to its 7.1mm crown in the US market. The latest contender is the NEC MEDIAS N-05D (rolls off the tongue, dunnit?) slated for release on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The 6.7mm Android smartphone will launch in the first quarter of this year.
Surprisingly, the MEDIAS retains some very respectable specs inside its slinky frame. The screen has a full 720p resolution, a first for the ultra-slim form factor, with a diagonal size of 4.3 inches. A dual-core 1.5Ghz processor and 1GB of RAM should be plenty for Gingerbread, and the 8.1MP rear camera meets or beats other current phones. Extras like NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (with connectivity to the latest Casio G-Shock watches) and a TV tuner make for an interestingly versatile little package. The only real downsides are a measly 4GB of internal storage and a relatively small 1400mAh battery.
Of course, you shouldn't expect to see the MEDIAS coming to America any time soon. NEC is fairly limited to the Asian markets, especially when it comes to high end hardware. That said, the latest is an impressive retort to Fujitsu's Arrows phone, which also registers 6.7mm on the calipers. Black, white and pink will be on offer for anyone who wants it.