Feb 8, 2019

Lenovo Working on a New Phablet-Class Smartphone

Lenovo is known for producing one of the first large-screen displays in the market. Despite its modest specs, will their new phablet be able to compete in the smartphone arena?

Chinese electronics company Lenovo is rumored to be developing a new tablet. The source of this rumor is the device certification details from the US FCC, which gives this rumor some legitimacy. Adding fuel to the fire is Lenovo's tablet being listed in the Google Play Developer Console Device Catalog under the name "Lenovo Tab V7," though some are speculating that the new phablet will hit the market under the title Lenovo Phab 3.

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Lenovo released the first Phab phone in 2015, and was followed up by the Phab 2 Pro, with the latter still being produced. According to the FCC documents, the rumored Phab 3 smartphone might have two different variants, PB-6505M and PB-6505MC.

The Nashville Chatter was able to get its hand on the new device's diagrams complete with a working sketch with dimensions and a mockup. Based on the diagrams from the FCC, we could be looking at a device that's around 178mm in height, 86mm in width, with a diagonal length of 198mm.

Based on the available information, the rumored Phab 3 will come with Android 9.0 Pie installed out of the box and will be powered by a big 5,180mAh battery pack. Based on the Google Play Developer Console Device Catalog, the PB-6505M variant will have the Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. The display panel will have a full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels.

The diagrams also show that the upcoming Lenovo Phab 3 will have a single rear camera paired with an LED flash, but it's not immediately clear what the resolution of the camera is. As for internet, the device is said to come with support for dual-band Wi-Fi.

Based on the specifications, this smartphone will have mid-level specs and seems to be aimed towards the more casual users or those who do not have high hardware requirements. At this point, it's too early to speculate anything, and it's not even known what the official name of this new device will be.

Although Lenovo has yet to release an official statement, this new development should be something to look forward to, especially for users who are on the lookout for a new budget smartphone with large displays.

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