I will never quite get the Japanese consumer electronics market, but hey, NEC has done pretty well for itself occupying just that niche. Their latest creation? A weird super-thin (9.9mm, to be precise) Android laptop:


Yes, that is Android 1.6 you see running on this "cutting-edge" piece of technology. Seriously, they couldn't even get Gingerbread? And yes, the screen is supposed to be that aspect ratio (it's 7 inches). But hey, at least it's a touch display (we think), and you can rotate the hinge on it all the way back, so then it's like a tablet (how's that work with a keyboard on the backside...?)! Nifty. So you're probably thinking, then, that this laptop is one of the stupider things you've ever seen to come out of an electrical engineering lab. Yep, it probably is. To be fair, though, this is definitely a prototype, as shown by the stickers laid haphazardly over the keyboard.

To add to the hilariousness of this laptop's already kind-of-sad existence, NEC claims that it won't be ready for commercialization until 2013. Hopefully by then they'll have made some progress in the software arena. And have upgraded every piece of the internals, since they'll be woefully outdated by that point. Basically, the only thing worth keeping here is the idea. And we're not even sure that's worth keeping. Presumably, this device is meant to occupy the fast-dying market for netbooks, which is slowly being crushed by tablets, smartphones, and the universal realization that netbooks are generally cheap pieces of plastic crap.

NEC's estimated retail price for this piece of work when it maybe plans to sell it? 80,000 Japanese Yen, which translates to over $1000USD. They're going to fly off the shelves. Of course, something like this would almost certainly never make it to US shores - it's way too weird and eccentric and, well, Japanese.

Anyways, the point of my griping is this: manufacturers that use Android as a gimmicky buzzword at trade shows and press events for tech journalists to fawn over annoy the ever living crap out of me. "Look, it runs Android!" Great. So does an HP TouchPad. And the sad part? The TouchPad probably runs it better. NEC, I know it's a prototype and all, but could you at least be bothered to change the stock wallpaper?

PCWatch (JP) via TechCrunch

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Mordat Dominick


    I can't help but stare in amazement.

    I want one, just so I can laugh at it. ;)

  • mitin

    I really dig that 80s retro calculator look.

    • Vex

      Yep, that's exactly what it looks like!

    • http://www.gigitsu.com GigiAUT

      Totally. It reminds me of those Casio calculators somehow. Must be that metal/black keys combination.

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  • Paul

    I'd love to see an Android 1.6 Netbook style computer released in 2013 for about $1000 USD!

  • Neil

    That's got to be a joke. Is that tape on the keys or 80's labels? The TAB label isn't even on straight.

  • Tired of Annoying People

    A) It is a prototype, do you understand the meaning of the word? Complaining about OS versions when they're working on the hardware.

    B) It is exceptionally easy to disable electronic components (i.e. a keyboard). What is the issue?

    C) Smartphones and Tablets are inferior to the netbook; but appeal to a larger audience (mainly, people who are too stupid to read manuals and expect a Netbook to work like a desktop computer. Strangely, said people do not expect their smartphones or tablets to be nearly as powerful as a netbook and are willing to pay 10 fold what they'd pay for a netbook INCLUDING otherwise free software)

    D) This is hardly a netbook. It is a glorified tablet with a keyboard attached. If a phone came out and advertised "now with wrapping keyboard" you'd say "COOL!!." You're griping about the EXISTENCE of netbooks, which only shows how little you know about the subject.