Although we haven't heard much from NEC recently, in the past the company has been the source of some pretty innovative hardware. With today's announcement, they are again working at the mobile market, and their latest entry looks fairly impressive.
So far announced only in Japan the MEDIAS ES N-05D is an Android powered smartphone which packs some serious power into its 6.7mm thick frame. For reference, this is the exact same thickness as the Fujitsu Arrow, which had claimed the "thinnest smartphone" title. Unlike the Arrow, however, the N-05D makes no compromises with specs, and includes a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, a specially customized 8MP camera, and a 1,400 mAh battery.
Connectivity options are plentiful as well, including Bluetooth, NFC, infrared (much like the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus), and of course WiFi. The smartphone will even connect with Casio's unreleased G-Shock GB-6900, a smartwatch which allows users to see incoming texts, calls, and emails.
Software is the only clear downfall of the device, as it will ship with a custom version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While there's every reason for NEC to try to update their device, we can't really be sure it will ever happen. Even so, the N-05D could be a worthy contender if its promised US release comes soon.[Ubergizmo]