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Credit card-sized NichePhone-S handset debuts in Japan

FutureModel NichePhone-S tiny Android phone (Source: Android Community)
FutureModel NichePhone-S Android phone (Source: Android Community)
This tiny basic smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (yes that is the pre-KitKat Android, no mistake here!) and is powered by the MediaTek MT6752A processor. Priced around US$90, it is scheduled to hit Japan later this week.

The problem with most smartphones these days is their size. Sure, there are a lot of "mini" or "lite" handsets around, but some of those have 5-inch or even larger displays, almost reaching sizes once considered to belong to phablets. Japanese brand FutureModel takes these two words seriously, so their new handset is the size of a credit card (but slightly bulkier, of course).

Known as the NichePhone-S, this tiny phone is powered by the MediaTek MT6572A processor and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, most likely a custom version with only the most basic features. The NichePhone-S has a 550 mAh battery that provides up to 3 days of autonomy in standby mode and three hours of talk time. There is no information on details such as memory or internal storage space to talk about since the main (and only) selling point of this phone is its size - 6.5 mm thin and lighter than a regular US Mars chocolate bar.

FutureModel's NichePhone-S is scheduled to hit the Japanese market on November 10, carrying a price tag of JP¥10,000 (less than US$90 right now). These being said, you might want to enjoy the video below, because we can't imagine seeing this phone reaching other markets anytime soon.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11- 8 (Update: 2017-11- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.