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There is a lot of talk in the air already about what the new Medias WN-05E will spell for a rising tide of form factors now dubbed "phablets." The two-screens in this phone are hinged back to back and provide the user with the opportunity to use the screens independently of each other—playing a game on one screen, for example, while checking out a map on the other screen—or having the two screens behave as one bigger screen. The smartphone is slated for an April release; pricing and a time frame to launch the phone outside Japan are not yet known. The two-screen Medias W, with an 8.1MP camera, is an Android 4.1 smartphone; there are two 960 x 540 4.3-inch screens displays, and it has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor. The LCD screens are on the outside of the clamshell rather than the inside. The clamshell-shaped device, when unhinged, has screens that can operate side to side if you wish to multitask, or can be combined into a larger screen.

Personally, I really like this idea of a normal sized phone turning into a phablet. bigger maps when needed, multi tabbed browsing just to name a few.
It does fulfill some of my 'do want' features in a smartphone. When I'm typing a message or sending an email, I might want to google something real quick, or maybe copy some text into my mail, or add links, without having to "shut/minimize-this-open-that-copy-comeback-paste-and-repeat"
Thumbnail below-full screen above looks good too. Watch videos/game/read on one screen, chat window on another.

Snap close for everyday use smile.gif

Should have been quad core though?

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Old article, but couldn't find it posted here
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Awesome! Can't wait for more types of these.

Sadly, with the way smartphones are marketed, I can see people seeing it as a "flip" phone or look at the thickness and go "ewwww" which is silly. I think devices are a little too thin/small as it is, seems so fragile, and theres so many heat issues and low battery life. Been waiting for a beefy phone that ran cool with a big battery.

I can def see tech people loving this kind of phone, while I can see the Apple crowd shunning it like its an ugly baby or something...
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Awesome! Can't wait for more types of these.

Sadly, with the way smartphones are marketed, I can see people seeing it as a "flip" phone or look at the thickness and go "ewwww" which is silly. I think devices are a little too thin/small as it is, seems so fragile, and theres so many heat issues and low battery life. Been waiting for a beefy phone that ran cool with a big battery.

I can def see tech people loving this kind of phone, while I can see the Apple crowd shunning it like its an ugly baby or something...

You do make a good point. And I think they have kept that in mind. The thickness is 0.5" (same as a motorola droid 4). It has a 2100mAh battery and is around 50g heavier than the S3. Although nowadays, even -0.1 mm seems to make one phone better than the other(to the people you were referring to).

Sadly, the 'shunning' crowd is larger than the tech crowd. That can spell doom for this concept. Hope it sticks around and gets refined. smile.gif
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I really like these ideas but don't think the tech is quite there yet. What I think needs to happen is eliminating the gap between the two screens, much like we have seen with Samsung concepts.

So instead of putting two screens together it is more like expanding the current screen.
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the resolution is abit sad though i guess that idea is stolen off then NDS.

i cant wait for samsungs flexible screens, you can make a roll up screen for standard phone size then pull to unroll it like old school scrolls to expand it to a full tablet
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How does double screen affect battery life?
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How does double screen affect battery life?

This also worries me. Especially when you try to do something crazy like dual 5" 1080p screens running 400+ ppi with capacitive multitouch... no way thats gonna be good for battery life. Thankfully, this thing doesn't try to jump that far ahead of itself.

Oh well, I like the competition. Smartphones, phablets, glasses, watches, flexible screen, all that stuff means good competition on the horizon and really cool tech to come. I'm getting excited to see where tech will be in 5-10 years.
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the resolution is abit sad though i guess that idea is stolen off then NDS.

i cant wait for samsungs flexible screens, you can make a roll up screen for standard phone size then pull to unroll it like old school scrolls to expand it to a full tablet

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I really like these ideas but don't think the tech is quite there yet. What I think needs to happen is eliminating the gap between the two screens, much like we have seen with Samsung concepts.

So instead of putting two screens together it is more like expanding the current screen.

um.. I think thats a different concept. Two separate screens will be different functionally, especially on the multitasking side of things. Think of it as two different desktops.
Resizing windows or apps will be an issue on an expandable screen.

One workaround could be a "split screen mode" with an adjustable partition.(flexible screen would complete this)

One thing that does bother me is the fact that it has no bottom side. I cringe every time I set my milestone down, with the screen facing down. (I know... Gorrila glass.... but rolleyessmileyanim.gif)
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This has been done before. Great idea though but how could they not use a quad-core?

http://www.echobykyocera.com/features/
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Awesome! Can't wait for more types of these.

Sadly, with the way smartphones are marketed, I can see people seeing it as a "flip" phone or look at the thickness and go "ewwww" which is silly. I think devices are a little too thin/small as it is, seems so fragile, and theres so many heat issues and low battery life. Been waiting for a beefy phone that ran cool with a big battery.

I can def see tech people loving this kind of phone, while I can see the Apple crowd shunning it like its an ugly baby or something...

+1 for the real truth. The galaxy S3 is rediculously thin compared to an iPhone, its 'cool', and looks good.... but I end up putting a huge otterbox anyways, and would love more battery life.
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