Lenovo has a huge tablet sized new 6.8-inch Android 5.0 phablet coming to the market in China next week on Friday, August 21. And Lenovo will be launching it Xiaomi style, by having a flash sale on August 21, when the price will drop 30% from what will be the normal MSRP, down to just around $300 in a flash sale where the 100 000 first customers will get it at that price.
And the price of this device is kind of significant, because it offers quite a bit of hardware for the money in some areas. It’s a Huawei meets Xiaomi kind of phablet this.
The 6.8-inch IPS screen has Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio and a new type of anti-fingerprint coating. The brain of the operation is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, a 64-bit quad-core 1.7 GHz + quad-core 1.0 GHz processor with Adreno 405 graphics processor. It has 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM too and 32GB/64GB of storage.
Lenovo also went all the way with Wi-Fi, giving it dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support, along with Bluetooth 4.0. But since this is also a smartphone, it naturally has 4G LTE too with GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, EVDO, TD-SCDMA and TDD- LTE, FDD-LTE bands supported on the Chinese model.
The cameras also have high standards, at least in terms of resolution, with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The battery too is large for a phone, with a capacity of 3500 mAh.
The weight isn’t low for a phone either, at 220 grams. But that’s understandable. If it had been a 7-inch tablet it would have been very light though. The lightest tablet on the market is the 7-inch phablet Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 at 239 grams, a phablet that resembles the Lenovo Phab Plus a lot in terms of what it is trying to accomplish.
The thickness of Lenovo’s phablet meanwhile is 7.6 mm. The design is also new and different from Lenovo’s other smartphones at the moment.
Not all of Lenovo’s products are launched in the US, so it remains to be seen if Lenovo Phab Plus will ever launch outside of China.
– Jim Miller