updated 10:05 am EST, Thu February 23, 2012
NEC Best Cloud UX touts book-like Android
Joint partnership NEC-Casio Mobile gave a preview Thursday of the Medias-badged devices it would have at Mobile World Congress as part of a major push into smartphones outside of Japan. Topping the group is an unusual dual-screen device, so far only known as the Best Cloud UX Device. The device carries two 4.3-inch screens and folds like a reverse book, with both screens on the outside; the Android 4.0 device becomes more of a tablet ideal for the cloud, NEC claims.
A more conventional if still rare device, the Large Screen in One Hand, aims to improve on the phone and tablet crossover idea embodied by the Samsung Galaxy Note. Its very large five-inch display is countered by a narrow bezel that's intended to avoid the awkward handhold of a phone like the Note.
One last model, The Most Stylish, is a more conventional 4.3-inch device, Apart from the extra-thin design relating to its name, it's expected to have both a fast-responding camera similar to the Galaxy Nexus and a fast touchscreen. It has hardware buttons unlike the all-touch front face of the other two phones, although NEC-Casio stresses that the design might be temporary.
The two companies haven't said how soon the three devices will ship, although only The Most Stylish was a working demo unit and might be the one to arrive first. LTE support is a common thread among at least the two larger devices and could see one of them live up to a rumor of a high-end Verizon smartphone from Casio, although NEC-Casio hadn't drawn that connection at a Japanese event. [via Impress]
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