Android Phones

NEC 909w/909e rugged waterproof and dustproof smartphone to hit China soon

March 12, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu

Android Phones

NEC 909w

While we here in the United States are always looking for thinner, lighter and more stylish when it comes to smartphones or tablets, the Asian market is booming with rugged waterproof, dustproof and shockproof gadgets that aren’t necessarily fashionable or chic, but functional and ready to go with you in any place and withstand any conditions.

One of the latest such smartphones to be unveiled is called the NEC 909w/909e (just a preliminary title, of course) and should hit the Chinese market soon enough. No details about its pricing or availability have been made public just yet, but we can assume that the NEC 909 will be made available in other Asian countries, like Japan, as well.

While it is certainly not a high-end piece of technology when talking about hardware or software, this latest NEC offering should come in handy for those of you who like the outdoors, who practice extreme sports or are involved in a war of some kind.

Powered by a single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 processor and featuring 512 MB of RAM, the NEC 909w/909e has a very, very cool exterior. Available in three different color schemes, black, red and khaki, the smartphone sports a 3.6-inch WVGA display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution and comes with 1 GB of on-board memory, as well as WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS.

Even though the processor, RAM and ROM are far from impressive, the 3.6-incher from NEC should come with a more than decent 8 MP rear-facing camera, as well as with a VGA front-facing webcam.

In terms of software, the gadget runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as you would expect, while the 1430 mAh battery should come with an average autonomy.

And if you have been asking yourselves what’s up with the 909w/909e name differentiation, you should know that there will in fact be two smartphones released in China, identical in terms of tech specs, but to be offered by different carriers (China Unicom and Telecom).

So what do you guys think? Would such a smartphone stand a chance in the United States or Europe if the guys at NEC suddenly decide to bring their business near us? Hit us with a comment and tell us your opinion.


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