Only in Japan: NEC nails another unbelievably slim, water-proof Android device

Only in Japan: NEC nails another unbelievably slim, water-proof Android device
Mind-blowingly thin, waterproof and packed with features. This is a pretty accurate description of an alternative world of phones - that in Japan. And NEC has just made it much more interesting by announcing the Medias ES N-05D (no one said names of the phones there were all that exciting).

Why does it deserve a special mention among the heaps of phones getting launched all over the world? The NEC ES N-05 is unbelievably thin - at just 0.26 inches (6.7mm) it almost makes the already skinny mainstream kickers iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II look fat.

The new phone is gearing up for launch on Japan’s biggest carrier NTT DoCoMo, and it will arrive in either February or March.

Here are the highlights of the NEC ES N-05:

  • 4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels,
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread,
  • waterproof body,
  • 8.1MP CMOS camera with NEC’s Exmor R for better low light performance,
  • dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8260 CPU,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 4GB internal memory,
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC e-wallet function, infrared connection, digital TV tuner,
  • microSD card slot,
  • 1400mAh battery,
  • connectivity to Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900 watch,
  • dimensions: 130×67×6.7mm, weight: 3.89 oz (110g).

Except for the notable omission of ICS on launch, otherwise the specs look pretty solid for this handset. Does thinness make enough of a difference for you to really crave the NEC ES N-05?

source: TechCrunch



1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

damn man

2. flopjoke

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

that's a new color for an Android phone.. but nice! Waterproof is probably the most notable feature apart from its thin profile.

3. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

1400mah battery??? I'd MUCH rather have a phone twice that thick if it packed a 2800mah battery. While it's nice to have a thin phone, I value run time more.

4. tbar

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 18, 2010

Ditto times 10!

5. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

whoa that is some insane pixel density. if it had gorilla glass that would be a very very durable phone.

16. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Didn't really pay attention to the screen specs before reading your comment. Then I computed the ppi and damn! Almost 342ppi!

6. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"The NEC ES N-05 is unbelievably thin - at just 0.26 inches (6.7mm) it almost makes the already skinny mainstream kickers iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II look fat." Considering the Razr is thinner than both phones mentioned here, one has to wonder who does the editing around on phonearena. Razr and that new phone coming out courtesy of ZTE are both just as thin as this phone. I wonder what the battery life on this phone is like, that is average sized battery and it's running a snapdragon if a reading those call signs correctly. But why Gingerbread and not ICS is beyond me. I want to see the camera sensor in action, I'm tired of these phones with poo poo cameras just ability to have insanely large prints is pointless if it looks like noisy mess. Don't pretty much all cell phones come with gorilla glass or it's generic type of glass standard considering the screen sizes?

7. Exofuji

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

I don't understand how it coming with GB instead of ICS could be beyond anyone right now. As far as I can tell only the Nexus is still Officially running ICS. It makes perfect sense that it wouldnt run ICS.

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Considering that ICS is currently being rolled out to devices as we speak it doesn't make perfect sense. If this is a multi core phone then ICS should have been the obvious choice to include with it. Now this phone will have to wait for an update to ICS, launching with the older OS means that they have to test the new OS and make sure that it can work with the phone especially if the older OS isn't stock, then it's make the situation worse. ICS is made to run on any multicore enabled processor is it not? So why not on this new release? It has enough RAM and definitely enough processing speed, so I fail to see why. The new ZTE thin phone is coming with ICS right out of the box as well? Motorola is already conducting tests, in preparation of releasing ICS for the yea...GB on a new phone is definitely perfect sense. If it's stock GB then my only guess is that they are not allowed to come to market with ICS before a certain time. The Galaxy Nexus is one poor showing if there ever was a poor showing of ICS, if I was google I would be quick to put another phone in the spotlight, that phone was a total clusterfox. Poor battery life, not so high resolution HD screen at such a size the pixel density is wasted, so so quality phone calls and notorious Samsung like issues with maintaining connection to the network. A big bent screen does not a phone make, the Razr would have been a better choice to usher in ICS all they needed was to use a 720x1280 4.3" screen and the OMAP 4460 chip and there would have been resounding screams. That thin of a phone running ICS with impressive battery life?

11. Exofuji

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

ICS has yet to be released for any other device, that is available for the public. So where is ICS being rolled out as we speak? The Razr/Maxx, D3, Bionic, D4, etc are all expecting ICS. The Razr will get it first, and it has been "Leaked" but to say its being pushed is flat wrong. You wont see it in the US for atleast another month.

12. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Which means soon, ICS will be the standard. Sure, this phone will stay relevent for the next month or so, but as soon as the first non-Nexus phone gets ICS, people will be pissed this doesn't have ICS

13. Exofuji

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

I think that you are over calculating the value of ICS. I don't think that many people will be "pissed" about the lack of ICS. ICS is nice... Its great... Sure. I've got it on my inc, its stable and a fun platform. But GB is way more refined as of right now. A lot of people will perfer it until ICS is worked to perfection.

15. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I think you are overestimating the human population. ICS is new and shiny. People don't care about the differences between products, they care about whats new! If it's not new, they don't want it. If they have something that isn't new, they get angry that they were swindled into buying something that isn't new!

9. OhSo3D

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

NEC Y U NO PRODUCE FOR UNITED STATES?! Hahaha, but seriously, why do they privatize such good products to only Japan? Americans like tech too.. lol

17. asimo

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

yeah and the toshiba arrows z had same specs several months ago! Japan is the future

10. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I absolutely love everything about it but the battery, and that's a pretty critical part of the phone that manufacturers keep forgetting about unfortunately

14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

just look how BIG the bezels are on these phones even the razor...I guess that's how they make the phone slim by making it wider and taller...these phones are bigger than normal 4.3" screen phones and almost the same size as the 4.65" galaxy nexus and plus once a phone gets too thin its just does not feel nice in the that's why I have a case on my s2 international version because I find 8.5mm too thin so imagine phones even lower...would much rather have a 10mm device with a huge battery.

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