Dual-Screen Android: NEC Medias W Hands-On (Video)


It has been a while since we’ve seen a proper dual-screened smartphone. Sure, we just looked at the fascinating YotaPhone, which is very interesting for what it does, but we’re talking about phones with a pair of regular, full-color, full-motion screens. Following in the footsteps of the Kyocera Echo or Samsung Doubletime, we’re now taking a look at NEC’s Medias W, attempting to finally do this concept some justice.

NEC’s mechanism is a bit different from the elaborate hinges used on the Echo; when the phone is “closed”, both screens are on the outside, and the whole thing measures about 12.2 millimeters thick. When “opened”, one of those screens pivots around to give you a workspace more akin to what you’d get with a small tablet.

Take a look at our video to see how NEC’s software deals with the dual-screen arrangement, and what sort of flexibility it offers for running two apps at once.

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!