Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lenovo S880 - Dual SIM Galaxy Note Challenger

Samsung's Galaxy Note, the phone that straddles the line of being a tablet, is a smashing success. With more than 10 million units sold, other manufacturers are entering into the "Phablet" arena.  Lenovo is fielding a low end entry into this arena, the 5-inch Lenovo S880.

The Lenovo S880 has a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution. If you like sharp displays, this is not the one for you. A WVGA resolution is still decent at 5-inches. This is a larger device, measuring 142.0 x 78.0 x 9.9 milimeters.

Inside is the 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 processor we see in most dual SIM phones these days. And, yes this Phablet is a dual SIM device. Supporting the 1 GHz processor is 512MB RAM. Not exactly a powerhouse device, but it will get you by. Internal storage 4 GB of which 1.85 GB is user available.  A MicroSD card slot is provided so you can expand memory.  The 2250 mAh battery will be sufficient to get you for a day.

The other specifications are as expected. Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, as an operating system. HSPA connectivity, with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The cameras are nothing spectacular, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with no flash, and a VGA front camera.

Suggested retail price of all this isPhp14,999, and it is available in the market for a low as Php14,000 with an official warranty. I think the price come a bit close to a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 P3100  a 7-inch tablet with full voice, SMS and HSPA functionality which can now be had for as low as Php15,990. It has 1024 x 600 display, a dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

Comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges. There is a big difference in size between a 5-inch device and a 7-inch device. The comparison illustrates that the Lenovo S880 is not a great value for money option, on the other hand it really has no direct competition.    


  1. even more so when the tab 2 7.0 is only 14.5k @ kimstore. we should wait for an update to this. perhaps an S880i or whatever they would call it. with mt6577 or mt6588, 1GB and gorilla glass installed. other changes are non essential but would be nice to have like a led flash.

  2. At the rate Lenovo is releasing phones in China, the S880 will be outdated before the end of the year. The Lenovo A60 and A65 were launched earlier this year, the best feature of which it has a 480x320 screen vs the 320x240 on the Galaxy Y and Optimus L3, and it's cheaper too! Now they've just released the Lenovo A60+ which, at Php 4,999, is the best spec'ced Android phone in its segment thanks to the MTK6573. (Single-core Cortex A9 vs the ARM11-based SOCs on the A65, A60, Alcatel 918N, Galaxy Y, Optimus L3, and other Android phones in this segment).

    I'll wait until a new version of the S880 appears with the new MTK6588 SOC and WXGA screen at under 15K Php.

    1. I kind of see the S880 outdated right now. It just has no direct competitors.

  3. Does s880 have screen protector?

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