Back in June, NEC unveiled their Terrain smartphone which was a rugged Android handset that would make its way onto AT&T’s network. This would mark the company’s first efforts in the US since 8 years ago, but it looks like it could be its last as well. According to Japan’s Nikkei, it seems that NEC has decided to give up on the smartphone business for good. Reports have suggested that NEC’s smartphone business had not been doing as well as the company had hoped, and that NEC was actually looking to sell off that division to Lenovo last year, which we guess they thought was a sure thing since both companies have an existing PC partnership with one another.
Unfortunately for NEC, the deal fell through and that the sale of the division is no longer on the table. Now it looks like NEC will no longer be attempting anymore smartphones in the near future, and instead the company appears to be more interested in focusing on its feature phone lineup for now, and in the meantime attempt to sell off some of its mobile-related patents as well.
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