NEC has pulled out of the smartphone business, conceding that it has been left behind in the highly-competitive segment, and announcing an immediate cessation of development, manufacturing, and sales of the devices. The Japanese company will continue to make dumbphones, however, along with tablets, but "handset shipments are following a downward trend and it is difficult to foresee improved performance in the future" in its smartphone business, NEC concedes.
Just as the carrier brings the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active to the scene for waterproof/dustproof everyday use, so too does the manufacturer NEC claim their place in the segment with the "Terrain". This device works with Android and 4G LTE to bring AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk technology to the business user. In other words - if you're not looking to play games or do much else besides use email and digital collaboration-type tools, it'd be best to keep moving.
We're still a few weeks away from Intel officially unveiling its fourth-generation Core processors (codenamed Haswell), but NEC has already popped up and unveiled its latest laptop which runs on the new Intel chips. The LaVie L isn't really much to look at, but it packs quite a punch performance-wise with the new Haswell chip inside.
The ever-faithful @evleaks has dropped a new image, this time of a cell phone that harkens back to days-gone-by when cell phones had scrunched up keyboards in a candy-bar design. The NEC Terrain is said to be headed for AT&T and has a design that is distinctly old-school Blackberry, something that might appeal to some users but is mostly aged.
It seems Lenovo isn't giving up on it's pursuit to buy out a mobile phone company. First it was BlackBerry, which may or may not be fizzling, but this time around it's reported that Lenovo is in talks to acquire NEC's mobile phone business. It's said that NEC is looking to change some things around with its mobile unit, and selling it to Lenovo might be an option.
Dual-screen smartphones are few and far between, but NTT DoCoMo and NEC apparently think a pair of displays is better one one, hence the new clamshell Medias W N-05E announced in Japan today. Joining two qHD 960 x 540 4.3-inch screens with a hinge on the right, allowing the display on the rear to be twisted forward and make for an almost-square 960 x 1080 touchscreen.
NEC has announced a new digital projector aimed at movie theaters with small screens called the NC900C. This digital cinema projector uses Texas Instruments DLP technology. The projector offers 2K DCI-compliant cinema quality meaning it has a brightness rating of 14-foot lumens for screens up to 30 feet wide.
NEC has announced a new line of portable projectors called the M Series. The series includes three mainstream models aimed at education and business users. All three the projectors have a special ECO Mode offering a carbon savings meter, extended filter life, and energy saving features. The projectors include the M271X, M311X, and M311W.
When it comes to green computer displays that are also easy on the budget, NEC has a bunch of options. The company has unveiled a new 19-inch LED backlit monitor that is very easy on the wallet at an MSRP of $149. The display is aimed at small to medium-size businesses looking for an affordable display that's also green.
Welcome to Friday evening, everyone. We're about ready to kick off the weekend, but before we do, let's recap the news from the afternoon. Today we heard that the iPad Mini might mean the end of the iPad 2, and that a jailbreak for the iPhone 5 will coming shortly. We learned today that T-Mobile will be holding a product event on October 29 - the same day that Google and Microsoft are holding events - and that the prices of the rumored Mac Mini and iMac refreshes might be staying the same.
Back in August, Lenovo officially announced the Windows RT-equipped IdeaPad Yoga, which is a laptop/tablet hybrid that features a complete 360-degree rotating display that will be released on October 26. The company's Japanese partner, NEC, has announced that it's bringing the same flavor to its Japan users as well.