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

June 18, 2012

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!