6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Mobile World Congress 2015: Hands-on with NEC's bizarre dual-screen Medias W

About Video Transcript

Mobile World Congress 2015: Hands-on with NEC's bizarre dual-screen Medias W

2:33 /

Two 4.3-inch touchscreens make for one seriously weird smart phone. Is this the future of phones?

Hello. I'm Luke Westaway with CNET here at NEC's stand in Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I'm taking a look at the NEC Medias W, an Android phone that has two screens. So, you can think of the Medias W as basically being two screens bolted together, attached by this hinge. When you fold the phone flat, it measures just 12.2 millimeters thick. Unfortunately, we can't fold it all the way here because of this big security tag, the one that's running off with it. Each screen is 4.3 inches on the diagonal. When you open it up, it's got 5.6 inches on the diameter, taking in both screens. So, when you open it up, you will get two home screens. As you can see, I can swipe across these and see twice as many widgets at once, that's very good. Some other cool things you can do with the two screens, set of video duplicating on both screens, which could be handy if you're sitting across from someone on a train or a bus maybe and you both want to get a look at the footage. You can also put maps across both screens and ge a slightly bigger view of where you're going and the browser as well has some quite cool features. So, you can see it's expanded across both of these displays, gives you a wider view. You can pin pages as well, so you can keep one browser page always present on one screen and keep browsing away on the other one. That could be useful if you want to keep Facebook or Twitter running on one side and have a look at more web pages on the other. When you're in the gallery, you'll see thumbnails displayed on the left screen and larger images on the right, which is quite a cool idea. Something else is good is if you tap and hold one of the images on the left side, you can drag it onto the Facebook app to quickly post pictures to Facebook. A part from the two screen feature, this is a fairly standard Android phone. It's running Android version 4.1, which isn't the very latest version of Jellybean but it's pretty close. So, you will get all the usual treats like access to the Google Playstore and of course, all that home screens you can fill with dynamic widgets and apps. NEC says the battery shouldn't be too badly impacted by the two screens. Obviously, having two displays will take more battery life than you would see with a normal phone, but of course, you won't have both screens open all the time, so, hopefully it won't be too bad. So, I think, having two screens could definitely take some getting used to but it's a very cool idea. If it doesn't impact too much on battery life, that's it. It's coming out in Japan in April, there's no word yet on a release elsewhere in the world but fingers crossed today. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET and this is the NEC Medias W.

New releases

How to play Aprils Fools' Pac-Man in Google Maps
1:56 March 31, 2015
Clear all the power pellets in your town with Pac-Man for Google Maps just in time for April Fools Day!
Play video
The Samsung Galaxy S6 gets dropped and dunked
4:25 March 31, 2015
The Galaxy S6 is getting great reviews, but its also getting tortured. YouTube is rolling out 4K video and eSports will be a big part...
Play video
2015 Chevrolet Trax LS
5:00 March 31, 2015
Chevy's newest SUV and its smallest.
Play video
Jay Z's Tidal music service makes star-studded splash
1:14 March 31, 2015
Alicia Keys joined rap mogul Jay Z, Madonna and other music icons to introduce Tidal, what they call the first artist-owned streaming-music...
Play video
Amazon Dash Buttons may be the future of grocery shopping
2:53 March 31, 2015
Running low on something? Put an Amazon Dash Button in your home to instantly order more. Also Google makes a bigger push for Chrome...
Play video
Hisense's Chromebook is portable, light and only $149
1:48 March 31, 2015
This new budget Chromebook is perfect for students.
Play video
What is the Turing Test?
1:54 March 31, 2015
You've probably heard of the Turing Test for artificial intelligence, but how does it work? And what does it mean if a robot passes...
Play video
On the road: Mercedes F 015
5:53 March 31, 2015
Brian Cooley rides in the Mercedes F 015 self-driving concept vehicle and explains how we'll live with cars in the future.
Play video