NEC has created the thinnest of the thin smartphones. They gave it the unlovely name of NEC Media N-04C. The problem will be finding one to take home. Get more information on the NEC Media N-04C smartphone here in this quick article.
There is thin and then there is “thin”. The NEC Media N-04C smartphone from the land of DoCoMo has broken the savvy barrier with this new smartphone. It is just 7.7 millimeters thick. For readers from the United States, that is .30 inch. One third of an inch. The other external dimensions are 127 millimeters tall by 62 millimeters wide. That is five inches tall by 2.4 inches wide. It is taller than many smartphones. The weight is 105 grams or 3.3 ounces. For comparison, the Nokia N8 is 135 grams and the iPhone 4 ( CDMA ) is 136 grams. The smartphone will be offered in two external colors, white or black.
The N-04C screen is nice and large at four inches in size. It is sporting a WVGA ( 480 by 854 pixels ) resolution on its touch screen surface. There is no official word on an accelerometer or proximity sensor yet, but it can be safely assumed to have at least the accelerometer.
NEC Medias N-04C Specifications:
- Display: Touch screen, 4-inch, TFT, resolution 480h854 point
- Operating System: Android 2.2 (upgrading to Android 2.3 in July)
- Camera: 5.1 megapixel
- Support communications standards 3G/HSPA (7.2/5.7 Mbps); GSM, including and outside Japan
- Battery Life Standby: 360 hours (3G); 220 hours (GSM)
- Batter Life Talk time: 250 minutes (3G/GSM)
- Communications: IrDA, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi
- Support for Flash 10.1
- Dimensions: 127h62h7, 7 (max. 8.7 mm)
- Weight: 105 Gr
On the inside of the NEC Media N-04C is an 800 megahertz processor running the smartphone. This is just a tad below what is average, but only by 200 megahertz. RAM is rated for 512 megabytes while internal memory is one gigabyte. Other internal features are a TV tuner, Wi-Fi, bluetooth and an NFC ( Near Field Communication ) chip. The TV tuner and NFC chip are common in DoCoMo territories, but for those who are not familiar with NFC, it is a “mobile wallet” feature. This smartphone can pay for things like a bus fare, groceries or the cinema. NFC can be used for anything that a credit or debit card can pay for. NFC is set to become big in the rest of the world this year, since Nokia, Samsung and probably Apple have or will adopt it into their own smartphones.
The NEC Media N-04C has a five ( 5.1 ) megapixel camera with apparently no high definition features and no flash. On the software side, this NEC smartphone is running the free Google Android mobile operating system. This in is Android 2.2 ( Froyo ) version, which is an older model. The newest release is Google 2.3 Gingerbread. The good news about Android is of course the price. There is no added price to allow this on a smartphone. The bad news is that out of a test of 20,786 applications ( apps ) 5,783 will request three notable personal permissions. Out of that same number, 2,708 will request four or more notable permissions. A recent trojan was caught in the Android system that uses fake web searches to apparently make money for its creator. This uses up data ( and money ) if it is done over a 3G connection. The more popular mobile operating systems will get the most attention from hackers and Google Android is a popular one.
There is no price given yet but they announced release date of NEC MEDIAS N-04C which is set for March 15.