Today the folks from NEC have announced a brand new smartphone for NTT DoCoMo in Japan, and apparently they feel that two screens are better than one. I'm having Kyocera Echo flashbacks already, and they aren't good. NEC is set to bring their first twin 4.3-inch screens smartphone to market in Japan, and it even runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so check it out below.
This isn't the first time we've seen a clamshell design for a smartphone or a tablet, but they are still few and far between and usually don't end too well. However, the NEC Medias W has a few things going for it that could actually prove to be useful. The specs are decent and the OS is up to date, something others in the past failed to deliver.
They've joined two 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540 resolution displays that can be opened into one almost-square 960 x 1080 display. Thanks to the hinge on the back you can easily flip it around for regular use, or open it up and enjoy the larger screen and extra real estate. Then as usual they're showing off the ability to use an entire display for the QWERTY keyboard and tons of dual-screen mode options.
Under the hood you have a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM, and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You'll get an 8 megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage with micro-SD support, and a 2,100 mAh battery to last you through a day. Hopefully those two screens don't drain the battery too quick. Then of course there's 4G LTE available as well. This will be available in Japan starting in April according to reports. Who's interested?