By Stephen Schenck | January 31, 2012 4:29 PM
As a smartphone manufacturer, NEC may not have a huge international presence, but that doesn’t stop the company from being at the forefront of some of the latest handset developments. The race for ever-thinner smartphones doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon, and NEC wants to make sure it keeps fighting at the head of the pack. To that end, the company’s recently announced a high-end Android that manages to keep its thickness down to just 6.7 millimeters.
What’s so impressive about that figure is how well the phone stays thin across its entire build; there’s just the smallest hint of a thicker region region up by the handset’s camera nothing so jarring as the thick bump on phones like the Droid RAZR.
The N-05D is set to come to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo as the Medias ES N-05D. Its hardware specs leave little to be desired, including a dual-core Snapdragon running at 1.5GHz, a full gigabyte of RAM, a 4.3-inch 720p display, NFC, and an 8.1-megapixel main camera with an Exmor R sensor. You’re obviously going to have to make some sacrifices with a phone this small, like the 1400mAh battery, but there’s still a lot included in such a petite package.
While Japan often sees phones like this never spread to the West, there’s a chance this one might just make the trip; if and when it does, the N-05D could go a long way to raising NEC’s profile in the smartphone game.