February 9, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
LTE smartphones are the bomb right now in the United States, but if you live outside the US you don’t have many such high-speed gagdets to choose from. Technology enthusiasts in Japan, however, should get ready for the coming of a pretty great LTE smartphone from DoCoMo, the Medias N-04D, manufactured by NEC and Casio.
The 4.3-inch smartphone will be made available in less than a week (February 15, to be more exact) and, at least on paper, it looks like a more than decent mid-range to high-end gadget.
Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor, the MEDIAS LTE N-04D looks stylish and fashionable as heck, rocking an all-black dust-proof body. With a 10.9 mm (0.42 inches) ‘’waist’’, the N-04D will not become the world’s slimmest smartphone, but is not very far away from such a title.
The N-04D is also very, very light, weighing in at just 149 grams (5.25 ounces) and comes with a premium 8.1-megapixel shooter on the back, capable of capturing a photo just 0.8 seconds after the last pic.
The 4.3-inch touchscreen sported by this new Android-based smartphone should itself be pretty great, as it features a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, while other features include 16 GB of on-board memory (kudos for that!), infrared connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3G, LTE (duh!) and a microSDHC card slot for expanding the memory to up to 32 GB.
As far as software goes, the handheld will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with no mention of any impending Ice Cream Sandwich update, while the smartphone is also said to be waterproof to a certain extent (whatever that might mean).
In terms of pricing, we have no news right now, which means that we will most likely have to wait until next week to see if the 4.3-incher from NEC will actually be competitive enough to have a say on the Japanese smartphone market.
Also, there has to be said that we have no idea when and if the MEDIAS LTE-N04D will be made available in the Europe or the US of A, but I for one would feel really bad to see this pretty cool smartphone kept exclusive for the ”Land of the Rising Sun”.