NEC Medias W smartphone to come with two 4.3-inch displays

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Jan 232013
 

NEC Medias WAlong with the LG Optimus G Pro, NTT DoCoMo yesterday unveiled a rather different smartphone, the NEC Medias W smartphone which has two 4.3-inch displays. At first glance it looks like any all-touch smartphone but flip it over and you’ll find a second display. And it gets better: It can open up to offer the two displays side-by-side. The two can be used either independently or together.

NEC Medias W specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Display: Two 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) LCD
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with BSI sensor
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 2,100mAh

It remains to be seen how the NEC Medias W will fare with consumers. It’s not the first handset to sport dual displays but none so far have been clear successes.

The NEC Medias W is expected in Japan in mid-April through NTT DoCoMo. Pricing was not announced and neither were any plans to offer it in other markets.

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LG Optimus G Pro announced for Japan

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Jan 222013
 

LG Optimus G ProThe LG Optimus G Pro is indeed real and is headed to Japan. It was announced earlier today by carrier NTT DoCoMo as one of the devices in its spring 2013 device lineup. Bearing model number L-04E with the carrier, it sports a number of improvements over the LG Optimus G including a faster processor and a larger higher-resolution display.

LG Optimus G Pro specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 5.0-inch Full HD (1920×1080) LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with BSI sensor
  • Front-facing camera: 2.4MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 139 × 70 × 10.1 millimeters / 160 grams
  • Colours: Platinum White and Indigo Black

NTT DoCoMo will launch the LG Optimus G Pro in early April. Pricing was not announced. It remains to be seen what LG’s plans are for the device outside of Japan. With the LG Optimus G only months old, it may decide to hold off releasing the LG Pro in markets where the Pro is available. Maybe more will be revealed at MWC 2013 in just weeks.

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LG Optimus G Pro images and specifications leaked?

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Jan 182013
 

Rumours of a successor to the LG Optimus G successor have been floating around almost as long as the LG flagship has been available. Recent rumours suggested that this follow-up device, the LG Optimus G2, might only launch in the fall with the latest version of Android (expected to be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie). Rumours also pointed to another device, the LG GK, with a 5.5-inch FHD display set to be announced at MWC.

A leaked slide obtained by Engadget paints a slightly different picture. It reveals a device called the Optimus G Pro:

Rumoured LG Optimus G Pro specifications
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The rumoured LG Optimus G specifications are:

  • Processor: 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • Operating system: Google Android Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP
  • Front-facing camera: 2.4MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 139 × 70 × 10.1 millimeters / 160 grams

The LG Optimus G Pro is headed to Japan’s NTT DoCoMo with One-Seg and NOTTV functionality in tow. Plans for availability in other regions is not clear at this time. It also remains to be seen if LG will announce it at MWC 2013 (perhaps alongside the LG GK). Pricing has also not been revealed.

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Samsung to launch Tizen-powered smartphone in 2013?

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Dec 312012
 
Tizen

Rumours that Samsung will launch at least one Tizen-powered smartphone in 2013 continue to gather steam. According to Japanese Daily Yomiuri, the smartphone will be sold through Japanese carrier NTT Docomo Inc. which is also getting involved in the development of the Tizen mobile operating system. It could also also make its way to Europe although it’s not clear whether it would reach North American shores.

Samsung and NTT DoCoMo are hoping that they will be able to establish Tizen as an alternative to industry heavyweights Android and iOS. NTT DoCoMO is also hoping that Tizen will allow it to reverse subscriber losses caused by the fact that it is the only Japanese carrier not to offer the iPhone.

There have been a number of rumours about a Tizen-powered smartphone in the past year. There were rumbles about Tizen-powered Galaxy smartphone last September and the Tizen-powered Samsung GT-I9525 popped up on a benchmarking site in November.

Tizen, first announced in September 2011, is a Linux-based open source software platform backed by Intel, the Linux Foundation, LiMo Foundation, Samsung and others. It builds upon older platforms such as LiMo and MeeGo and is designed to support multiple device categories ranging from smartphones to netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment devices.

It appears that 2013 will see a number of mobile operating systems do battle to establish themselves as a credible third option. Windows Phone 8 debuted earlier this year, BlackBerry 10 will launch on January 30th, and now Tizen is jumping into the mix. It will be interesting to see which remain standing a year from now.

Read more: Daily Yomiuri (Source: CNET)