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NEC reveals Medias N-05D Android handset, ties with Fujitsu for 'world's thinnest' smartphone

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NEC has unveiled the Medias N-05, an Android handset featuring a 720p and which is among the world's thinnest smartphones.

NEC Medias ES N-05D
NEC Medias ES N-05D

NEC has just unveiled its latest Android handset in the form of the Medias ES N-05D, and thinness is the name of the game here. The N-05D measures in at a slender 6.7mm (0.26 inches), putting it on equal footing with Fujitsu's Arrows ES IS12F — which itself was touted as the world's thinnest smartphone when announced. Though NEC only manages to tie on dimensions, it surpasses Fujitsu's effort nearly everywhere else. Enclosed in a "waterproof" frame with a design reminiscent of something we'd expect from Sony Ericsson, the Medias ES N-05D features a 4.3-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and is powered by Qualcomm's dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8260 processor. An 8.1-megapixel CMOS rear camera utilizes the company's Exmor R imaging engine.

Unfortunately, you can dash any dreams of Android 4.0 at launch, as this handset will be running Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) when it hits shelves at Japanese carrier NTT Docomo between February and March. That's not to say there aren't other niceties to be found: NFC support is on board along with a built-in digital TV tuner. Further, NEC has integrated support for Casio's G-Shock GB-6900 watch, which will allow owners of both to view incoming calls, emails, and texts from their wrist when the watch ships in March. Sadly there's no indication of any plans for a US release of the Medias ES N-05D.