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NEC bringing world's thinnest smartphone stateside?

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NEC bringing world's thinnest smartphone stateside?
In the dreamland of Japan, the world’s thinnest handset, Android-running flip phones and Hello Kitty themed devices live happily together, but while tech nerds stateside may be able to somehow live without the latter, having the world’s thinnest smartphone is a question of pride. Don’t you worry, though - the States are to gain that pride as well, as the razor thin 0.3” (7.7mm) NEC Medias N-04C was said to be hitting US soil soon by influential Japanese daily The Nikkei.

The N-04C actually beats the ultra thin Samsung Galaxy S II, which is a hair thicker at 0.33” (8.5mm), and in turn is slimmer than the iPhone 4 at 0.37” (9.3mm). Besides its anorexic waist line, the N-04C is also pretty lightweight as it tips the scales at 3.7 ounces (105 grams). 

NEC bringing world's thinnest smartphone stateside?
Other notable highlights of the NEC-made phone are its 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 854, an 800MHz processor, a 5-megapixel CMOS camera, all running on Gingerbread on the software front. It’s not yet clear what exact version of the handset will the US get, but it’s possible that it won’t be the exact same one as the Japanese, which features a TV tuner, e-wallet and infrared - all features not widely popular stateside.

NEC Casio Mobile, a joint effort of NEC, Casio and Hitachi, was established in 2009 and has sold half a million of the Medias N-04C since it was announced in February. Later, the company introduced a water-proof version of the phone, sacrificing a little thickness as the modified N-06C’s profile stood at 0.31” (7.9mm).

NEC plans to double its phone shipments outside the Land of the Rising Sun to 1.8 million over the next fiscal year. Does the slim extraordinaire N-04C fit your idea about your next phone? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

via TechCrunch

The NEC Medias N-04C compared with the iPhone 4, image courtesy of Akihabara News

The NEC Medias N-04C compared with the iPhone 4, image courtesy of Akihabara News


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posted on 29 Aug 2011, 08:17

1. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


the infuse looks a little thinner then this

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 10:26

2. ryq (unregistered)


its gonna be more expensive than samsung s2 coz korean goods are almost always cheaper than japanese products.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 12:16 1

3. arqjav (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 Dec 2009)


If they change the proccesor to 1 ghz dual core I'll buy it.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 14:37

4. maxxx (unregistered)


but it doesn`t havz sexy back, please bring back the sexy back :p

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 06:27

6. evolutionqy7 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 May 2011)


What's with every oem making thin hard edged phones. Can we not bring some grove back into the hand. Something easier to hold rather than just a thin slab.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 08:19

7. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


It's better if has 1Ghz or Dual-core

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