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Today, NTT DoCoMo launched the NEC Medias Tab UL N08-D, which weighs a scant 249 g. By comparison, other 7-inch tablets like the Kindle Fire HD weigh in the neighborhood of 400 g. Even the Nexus 7 is a relatively tubby 345 g. Apparently the NEC Medias Tab UL pulls this off by using a kind of carbon fiber that's used in modern aircraft construction. The Medias Tab UL isn't too thick, measuring a mere 7.9 mm on the profile. The specs don't even seem to suffer for all of this lightness, either:

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 LCD display
  • 8 megapixel Exmore R back-lit camera plus secondary 2 megapixel shooter on the front
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 75 Mbps downlink

There are a few cool software features too, like a web browser that lets you actively view two tabs at the same time, and an "HD haptics" vibration feedback mechanism that's applied to just about every on-screen element.  

Anyone in Japan can find more info and information purchasing over at NTT DoCoMo. For the rest of us, how important is weight to your choice in tablets? Does an obnoxiously light device appeal to you, or do you prefer having a little bit of solid heft to your gadgets?


Reader comments

NTT DoCoMo launches lightest Android tablet ever


What is important to me is the likelihood of my device flying instead of smashing into the ground in case I drop it. I think these guys are on to something!

I don't care one way or another. The weight of smaller tablets isn't a limiting factor. It's a shame that this is only sold in Japan though.

Weight is pretty important to me. If you're reading an ebook on your tablet for an extended period of time, 249g is probably pretty darn noticeable compared to 400g.

I'd like it as light as possible. The first time I sat down with my Transformer TF300 (admittedly a 10" tablet of course) - which was pretty much the first time I spent any remotely significant time with a tablet in my hands - I was a little surprised at how heavy it felt. And here a couple of months later that's still my opinion when I sit with it in my lap, tilting it upwards without using the dock or a foldable case.

Battery life is very important and they've sacrificed it by having a tablet with a relatively high resolution screen with a battery that is the same size as that in a Moto Razr Maxx! Most (heavier) 7" tablets have 4500+ mah batteries and are only able to get about 10 hours of use. I can't see getting more than about 6 hours on a charge with this tablet... if you are actually using it. That's a fail for my needs.


The Acer A110 is 3420 mAh.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the Galaxy Tab2 (7.0), the HTC Flyer, and the HTC EVO View 4G are all 4000 mAh.

Even the Nexus 7 is only 4325 mAh.

No need to exaggerate when making comparisons. For many people, the light weight is definitely worth a reduction in run time.

Looks very nice. I'm also impressed with how they kept up with the specs in the tablet while keeping in that light