Lenovo has been quietly working on a competitor for Huawei’s rather successful Honor-branded smartphone, the 3X. The Lenovo S898T+ has been revealed through TENAA, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, which certified it for sale in that country.
The S898T+ is gold, which keeps with current trends, and it also has some pretty impressive specs for what it will cost. It comes with a 5.3-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, an octa-core MediaTek processor, 2 GB of RAM, TD-SCDMA support for China Mobile’s 3G network, and it’s only 7.9 mm thin. It’s expected to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Its screen size is a tad smaller than the Honor 3X’s (which comes with a 5.5-inch panel), but the resolution is the same, as are all the other specs we know of by now. Still a mystery are the battery capacity and a few other things, but this new Lenovo device seems to be pretty much on par with the higher-end of Huawei’s new Honors.
And yet, the Lenovo S898T+ will reportedly cost just 999 yuan, which right now means approximately $162 or €117, believe it or not. The Huawei Honor 3X starts at 1,698 yuan ($276, €199). The prices of smartphones in China are certainly reaching crazy territory.
It’s unclear when exactly the S898T+ will launch, but we’re hoping it will get a name that’s easier to remember.