As is always the case with a phone with two screens, NEC needed to find somewhere to tuck the second panel away when it's not in use. The solution is simple -- the W N-05E folds in half, keeping its form compact. While you use one panel, the other panel turns off. If you're watching a video though, there's a button you can hit at the bottom right corner that mirrors the image to the second screen, and you can make a kind of tent by folding out the phone in order to share the image with a buddy sitting opposite you.
The smartphone is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and rocks 1GB of RAM. It has 16GB of on-board storage, but there's also a microSD card slot if you need more.
Available only in Japan on NTT Docomo's network in April, chances are likely we won't see NEC's dual-screen phone in the U.S. or other countries any time soon. Given CNET's previous experience with dual-screen handsets (you can check out Jessica Dolcourt's roundup on similar twin-screen wonders), we're guessing the W N-05E will either end in up being the best thing ever since the introduction of capacitive touchscreen smartphones, or something we'll never want to talk about again -- except maybe in dark corners where no one's listening.