29
Apr
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If you've never heard of Japanese manufacturer NEC, don't worry, you're in good company. While the corporation has indeed been producing Android devices for years, some of which are quite unique and impressive, they haven't seen fit to expand most of their mobile hardware beyond Japan. (Note the complete lack of cellular devices on NEC's American page.) That's why it's so puzzling to see noted tipster @evleaks' latest break: the NEC Terrain for AT&T. The phone would be NEC's very first Android phone to hit America's shores.

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Even more interesting is the fact that it appears to be a budget-focused candy bar phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Android devices naturally lend themselves towards big screens, and the Blackberry-style formation has fallen out of favor for the last few years - even with Blackberry. The photo reveals what appears to be a smaller phone with a near-square screen, running what's probably Ice Cream Sandwich, with dual cameras and a removable battery. Beyond a small indented logo below the keyboard (notably smaller than AT&T's logo, in fact) there's no more information to be had.

Of course it's always possible that this could be a fake, but evleaks has been reliable in the past and there's very little motivation for fakers to aim low. If NEC is looking to move into a larger global presence in the smartphone market, more power to them... we just hope they bring some of their more interesting hardware along for the ride. 

@evleaks - NEC Terrain for AT&T

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • nsnsmj

    What in the world is that abomination?!

    Good lawd.

    • Jordan DeBarth

      A budget phone aimed at Blackberry users is what I'm guessing

      • MeCampbell30

        What's a Blackberry user?

        • Alan Shearer

          Blackberry? Are those not the little black fruits? boy those are good on icecream! :P

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      "And if a QWERTY phone contains on screen navigation buttons, as with a completely touch screen device, this phone has committed abomination: it will surely sell less than 100,000 units; their shareholders' interests will be on their hands"

  • Rise2014

    People saying is FUGLY in 3 2 1...

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Well, as my grandfather used to say, "she ain't no Bettie Page."

  • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com/ Usama Ahmad

    Here is a situation where capacitive buttons would have actually been better than the on screen equivalent.

  • CeluGeek

    That screen doesn't look squared to me. It's probably an HVGA screen.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    Didn't NEC have the title of world's thinnest smartphone for a couple weeks like a year ago?

  • Anont

    There are some of us who don't like touch screen phone. Some us do want 'hybrids'. Touchscreen are okay, if you only call people on your contact list, but if you need to dial numbers only a phone with real number is the best.

    Sony Ericson made the best smartphone ever, P990i, it was both toucscreen and with a dual numberic keypad and QWERTY keyboard. It is a phone I miss. However, I only wish SOny made an Android version, as I do like Android Apps.

    I think there are people in this world who do want a HYBRID phone!

    • GigiAUT

      I like to type on real keys too but there are so few Android phones with physical keyboards out there. And of those very few, how many are available in Europe and how many are good? I have an Xperia Mini Pro and it sucks so bad apart from having a nice keyboard.

    • Matthew Fry

      Still waiting on the successor to the Epic 4G.

  • Robert Poulton

    I never understand why Japanese manufacturers export such substandard phones.

    Most of the manufacturers delayed getting into the Android market, and have been playing catch-up, but the recent releases are starting to get better, and match up to whats out there from the established players. Still a bit of a way to go.
    This phone does look quite the Frankenstein's monster though.

  • Freak4Dell

    If I wasn't so sure it will have terrible specs, this would be on my insta-buy list.

  • MeCampbell30

    Kill it with fire.

  • Mark D

    We've had this phone for over a month or so now. We get beta/alpha units from AT&T. Let me know if you want to know anything specific about it, but it's a funky phone to be sure.