One of the biggest names in the PC industry for several years now, Lenovo has always kept a relatively low profile in the Android world, especially relating to smartphones. But it appears we’ll be having no more of that soon enough, as the Chinese company is looking to make a similar push to that of its neighbors and local archenemies – ZTE and Huawei.

We’re pretty psyched about the IdeaPhone K900, the world’s fastest Intel-powered handheld to date, but that’s not all Lenovo has in store for us Android geeks. According to unconfirmed rumors, a mystery P780 smartphone is also in the works.

The new guy has mostly run-of-the-mill specs, so you would never pick it out of a lineup, but there’s one little feature that makes it stand out big time. Or better yet, one big feature – a monster 4,000 mAh battery.

That’s just short of a world record, being beaten to the punch by Huawei Ascend Mate’s 4,050 mAh ticker. Then again, exactly the fact that the Lenovo P780 will come with average specs could make it very attractive, as we expect the humongous battery to hold its own for days on end.

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P780’s 5-inch display only boasts a 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, while the processor beneath the hood is a power-saving quad-core MediaTek MT6589 unit with an unknown clocking speed. There’s also only 1 GB of RAM, so on the whole the performance will be fairly unexciting, but the autonomy – out of this world.

There are a few other rumored specs, including 8 GB of on-board storage, an 8 MP rear-facing snapper and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while the release is tentatively scheduled for May. Based on the name, we’re guessing Lenovo’s new phone will look a lot like last year’s P770 (pictured above), but we have to wonder how much bulk the massive battery will add.

We’ve saved the best for last, as rumor has it the P780 will sell for just CNY 1,999 ($318) in China in a SIM-free flavor. Now if only Lenovo would make it available outside Asia as well, we wouldn’t have to worry so much about making our batteries last, would we?

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