Lenovo has announced a new Android based phone-tablet hybrid for the Chinese market – the LePad S2005. It’s a bit too big to be a phone, and a bit too small to be a tablet (just like the Dell Streak), so we are not sure what it is.
It runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom UI, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with a 5 inch LTPS display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which is quite low considering that even phones with smaller 4 inch display have HD displays these days.
It comes with a 5 MP camera which can capture 1080p videos, and a 1.3 MP secondary camera for video calling. It comes with a 1680 mAh battery, and offers micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports. It will support China Unicom’s HSPA+ network. It weighs around 198 gms and is around 10 mm thick.
Many device manufacturers are now focusing on the Chinese market, which has overtaken the U.S. market to become the largest smartphone market in the world. Motorola recently announced three exclusive Android devices for China.
On an tangential note, the display size wars are turning ridiculous now. First we had 3.5 inch displays (iPhone), then we moved on to 4 inch ones (Galaxy S). Now, 4.3 inch (Galaxy S 2) and 4.65 inch (Galaxy Nexus) displays seem to have become the new normal. Apple has refused to increased the display size of the iPhone, which is perhaps a good move.
In my opinion, the sweet spot for display sizes lies in the 4.3 to 4.7 inch range; anything larger than that is unwieldy.