Last month, China officially became the world’s largest consumer of smartphones. It makes sense when you think about it. The population of the United States hovers around 310 million people, Europe has about 730 million people, and as for China, they’ve got well over 1.3 billion men, women, and children.
Now, because China has the world’s largest smartphone market, chances are you’re going to hear a lot more about Chinese smartphones over the coming years. Here are the three companies that should be on your radar: Huawei, Lenovo, and ZTE. Today they’re roughly where Samsung was half a decade ago, meaning they make semi-interesting devices, but nothing that’s going to blow people’s minds. That’ll change over time of course, and we’ll be tracking that evolution.
But enough background, let’s get on to the news! Today Lenovo is announcing a new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device called the A660. It’s dust proof, water proof, and it even has two SIM card slots. Under the hood, there’s a dual core 1 GHz processor, a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera, a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, and a 4 inch display that pushes 800 x 480 pixels. It’s a little thick at 10.5 mm, but then again this is a phone that’s meant to survive being accidentally dropped in the toilet, so we’ll forgive it for that.
Will we see this thing being sold outside of China? Probably not, but it’s important to pay attention to what this device represents. Dual SIM is big in parts of the world where every penny saved is important. Having a rugged device is also critical if you’re going to hold onto a smartphone for at least a few years.
We don’t see too many dual SIM phones here in the West, but Sony, with the Xperia V, really impressed us last month at IFA in Berlin. That thing is not only gorgeous and powerful (Snapdragon S4, 720p screen, 13 MP camera), but it’s also completely waterproof.
Would you be interested in a dual-SIM waterproof device?
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That wasn’t mentioned. Wish I could have helped you out!
its available for 299$(unlocked no contract) on pandawill
Another Chinese copy of other manufacturer – Sony in this case. Sony should sue Lenovo for copying its phones!!!
copy of which Sony model? casio, motorola, samsung, runbo and even caterpillar also produce IP67 smartphones. all of them are different in design to some extent and also differs in terms of hardware. I just do not see any reason to impeach Lenovo. BTW. My father’s been using Thinkpad notebooks for years, both IBM and Lenovo and I can say you that Lenovo knows how to build a good piece of electronics. I personally use Thinkpad Edge (which is cheapest Thinkpad model) for 2 years and it works without flaws, even battery still holds 4+ hours. I have also purchased this cell phone 3 months ago for absurd 150€ and I am totally satisfied with it. The main competitor was Sony Experia Go, but it has smaller screen and resolution, need for update from Gingerbread to ICS and non-removable battery which is the greatest disadvatage for me. A660 lacks LED-flash which I can omit, I never used phone camera seriously. And they both have just 512 MB RAM, unfortunately :(
What do I do with dual-SIM, unless it will run GSM and CDMA carriers on the same phone at the same time. Yes, I would also like to save money but the US market works lot more differently than the rest of the world. I honestly don’t see much advantage of this phone in the US. Again, unless its GSM+CDMA and both can be activated at the same time, I will buy one.
Will it be avalaible in EU?
I got this Lenovo LePhone as a replacement for my old Nokia, and so far, everything was great. The initial setup went very quickly and easily. I was able to easily transfer all of my old contacts over to the new phone via BlueTooth, so I did not need to copy all of the contacts by hand. The 5 MP camera is great, it creates well focused high resolution pictures that you can easily move to your computer. Impressive! you can also find it at merimobiles.com