Lenovo launches LePhone S880 dual-SIM phablet, hits China with low specs and low price

by: AdrianJune 18, 2012
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the first-ever “phablet”, obviously opened tech users’ appetite for larger and brighter screens, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that everyone is now trying to come out with their own phone/tablet hybrids.

Lenovo has just outed its first attempt at this market niche in China (where else?), and, while the new gadget does come with a large screen and a very low price point, the tech specs and features are almost laughable.

The LePhone S880 has already started selling in the world’s largest smartphone market for 2,199 yuan (around $345), but unfortunately, the China-exclusive phablet can’t be called anything other than low-end.

Powered by a single-core (really, Lenovo, really?) MediaTek 1 GHz processor, the LePhone S880 sports a 5-inch touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. Although it’s clear that a larger screen increases productivity and functionality, we can’t understand for the life of us why you would want to buy a gadget with a humongous display, but such a mediocre resolution and therefore poor image quality.

Things go from bad to worse when looking at the device’s other features, which include 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board memory, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 0.3 MP front-facing webcam, GPS, a microSD card slot and a 2,250 mAh battery.

On the other hand, Lenovo’s S880 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which is a big plus, and also comes with dual-SIM support (for WCDMA and GSM networks), a very popular feature in Asia these days. The phablet’s design is not half bad either, although one can say it resembles the Galaxy Note a bit too much. Be that as it may, the phone/tablet weighs 200 grams (0.44 pounds) and measures a mere 9.9 mm (0.39 inches) in thickness, which is not too shabby.

We don’t know yet if Lenovo is planning to release the LePhone S880 in other parts of the world, but, to be honest, we can’t see such a gadget selling in the US in the near future. In Europe, however, it might have a shot, due mostly to its dual-SIM support, but the price tag might need to be lowered even more.

Do you guys agree? Would you like to see the Lenovo LePhone S880 released near you? Would you consider it for, say, 300 bucks? Drop us a comment below and let us know!

And if you’re curious to see the China-exclusive phablet perform, check out the video clip below. It’s in Chinese, so you probably won’t understand much, but after around two minutes of marketing gimmicks, you’ll be able to see a quick hands-on with the device. Enjoy!

  • excuse me! Dell Streak was the first ever phablet!! Killed off by those that know as being too big. Such a lack of vision

  • Dell streak was a failure more due to dell and the manner in which the phone was advertised by Dell.
    The product was adequate but dell support was bad.

    The OS was also never upgraded, the dell interface for android was horrendous to say the least.

  • MarylandUSA

    If the Lenovo’s 800 x 480 display resolution mediocre, I must ask: Compared to what competition? Of all 5.x-inch phones, only one has a higher resolution, the Samsung Galaxy Note. Nominally it boasts 1280 x 800. But because its a Super AMOLED, not a SUPER AMOLED Plus, its perceived resolution is far lower.

  • abang bam

    in Indonesia you could buy it under US$ 200 ..

  • TukangOprek

    Just bought it from Indonesian’s reseller for about $199, sleek and slim enough, responsive touch (using touchpal and google voice even more convenient), power battery for 2 SIM cards good enough, big fonts, easy to type.. with 5″ display you need handsfree or bluetooth .. scale 1 to 10, i score 8.8 :)

  • Mas Boy

    Just bought 2, for me and the mrs. black and white for less than $200 ea in Indonesia. Since I’m a first time android user, I think the Ice Cream Sandwich was the high point, screen 800×480 not too far behind, dual sim standby is another plus compare to the galaxy ACE duos, big screen, and you can also add sdcard up to 32Gb, and direct video call.
    I’ve got an iphone, and new the ipad also.. and I would conclude that it’s worth buying, but do not compare it to Galaxy SIII or Iphone, in terms of quality.
    But if you are looking for a dual sim android phone, with Ice Cream Sandwich OS, LePhone S880 got the biggest screen and the best price (especially in Indonesia)

  • Yama

    Can anyone confirm if the screen i using gorilla glass?

  • jablay

    im using lenovo a60 and its quite good compared with another phone in its class
    and i think lenovo s880 is worth to buy, but course if you like playing game,this is realy not your choice.
    if you just use this phone for common use (call, sms, browsing, im, take photo, ebook) i think its more than enough.
    so, be wise with the budget :D

  • Febri Aldebrano

    Best price for simple android experience.

  • Anthony

    Its definitely worth considering the price and you cant expect too much for the price.