It seems the hunt for Patents is not over yet as Lenovo recently announced that it has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC consisting of 3,800 patents filed in countries from around the globe.
The portfolio consists mainly of patents related to mobile technologies and features found in high-end smartphones as well as standard essential patents for 3G and LTE. The company stated that this will give them the additional intellectual property assets needed in order to continue to expand.
Details of the NEC Terrain leaked a few months ago, but today AT&T made things official. As you can see from the picture above, the unique thing about this phone is that it has a physical QWERTY keyboard and is candy bar style – something we haven’t really seen in smartphones in years. Also, it is very rugged – water-resistant, dustproof, and shockproof. There’s even a dedicated push-to-talk button.
The Terrain is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5 GHz and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 5-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front camera comes along as well. Since the keyboard takes up much space, the Terrain has just a 3.1-inch display.
You can get the NEC Terrain beginning June 21 through AT&T Business Solutions for $99 with a two year contract.
Smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards are a dying breed, especially the ones with portrait keyboards. Despite that, AT&T appears to be planning on releasing the NEC Terrain to the masses, which is a candy bar style phone, complete with an unspecified Android version and a physical keyboard. It’s not exactly a visually appealing device, and there’s no official specs for it, but I could definitely see it as a cheap gateway phone for old Blackberry holdouts. (Believe it or not, they still exist)
We’ll just have to wait for NEC or AT&T to make this device official.
In a world of ever changing technology where phones are getting larger and tablets are getting smaller, the NEC Medias W gives us the best of both worlds. Spotted at MWC 2013 the Medias W looks sort of confusing at first. In tablet mode it has two screens covering 5.6-inches, but by simply swinging the device at the hinge, you get a 4.3-inch smartphone. This is the first dual-screen offering we have seen since the Kyocera Echo.
If you were paying attention to CES 2013, you may have noticed that one of the more popular items on display was the flexible screens under development by Samsung. As their short video showed, the flexible screen will open the door to some new form factors. Until then, if you want something unique you may have to look for something like the NEC Medias W N-05E. NEC has basically taken two 4.3-inch devices and merged them together with a hinge in the middle. When opened, the device doubles screen real estate while maintaining a small, pocket-able size when folded up.
Well last year NEC was able to lay claim to having the world’s thinnest smartphone. However the RAZR came along and shot that down. Well NEC looks to do it again by bringing out a phone that is a mere 6.7mm thin. It will be carried by Japan’s biggest carrier NTT DoCoMo and although NEC has released a slew of devices under the MEDIAS name, this one appears to have some of the the best specs out of all of them. Here they are:
NEC unveiled a super thin Android netbook, dubbed the MGX. It has a 7-inch (1024 x600) screen, is 9.9mm thick and weighs 350 grams. It will also include Wi-Fi and HSUPA-based 3G.
The MGX netbook hinges allow for a 360 degree opening so expect the screen to have touchscreen abilities. They are promising 10 hours of battery life, but don’t expect this to be cheap. It’s expected to cost around 80,000 yen or $1,040. By the time production is finalized, hopefully that will come down. No word on availability, but we will let you know as soon as we hear.
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NTT DoCoMo has announced a new Android 2.3 device which is actually thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S II AND is waterproof! Now you have no excuse to get a new phone when you drop yours in the sink full of suds. The NEC MEDIAS WP N-06C (whew, that is a crazy name) is running Gingerbread, has a 4 inch TFT LCD touchscreen with 854×480 resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM, 5 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
Along with the specs seen below, you’ll notice that the device comes in three odd color options (from left to right above) “Amadana Brown”, “Premium rose”, and “Champagne Gold”. Or as we would call, ugly brown, pink and silver. The thickness changes once you’re up over the camera from 7.9mm to about 9.7mm, where the Samsung Galaxy S II is at 8.49mm. Regardless, that device is thin enough to make Kate Moss jealous.
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They don’t get any thinner than this folks. This new NEC smartphone called the NEC MEDIAS N-04C, the successor to last years N-04B flip phone, is only 7.7mm think! It’ll have Android 2.2 and NFC capabilities as well, making this a fairly full-featured smartphone indeed.
This device looks to be launching this Thursday on Feb 24th with Avalanche of NTT DoCoMo, with which we don’t have pricing at the moment. So if you love tight acid wash jeans, maybe this is the device for you.