Lenovo’s Snapdragon 400-powered S856 is another looming low-cost Android tab

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Lenovo tabletWhile waiting for its acquisition of Motorola to go through all the necessary regulatory hoops, Lenovo means business as usual, working hard on high-end phablets to increase its global smartphone relevance, as well as entry-level tablets.

The China-based hardware maker is a bigger player in the latter niche than the former, although members of the [easyazon-link asin=”B00CRXZPC6″ locale=”us”]IdeaTab[/easyazon-link] family or just-released A-series are nowhere near the mainstream popularity of, say, the Google/Asus [easyazon-link asin=”B00DVFLJKQ” locale=”us”]Nexus 7[/easyazon-link].

Unfortunately, the upcoming S856 looks like a lesser rival for the handful of Android slate hits around too, accommodating mostly lackluster features. The underwhelming spec sheet is headed by an odd 9.2-inch display with 1,280 x 720 pixels (read HD) resolution, and the 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip isn’t very hot either.

But at least it’s a Snapdragon, not a MediaTek, which suggests the S856 will get a healthy marketing boost in the Western hemisphere, unlike the mainly Asian-oriented A7, A8 and A10. What’s odd (well, aside from the screen) is the S856 name brings to memory Lenovo phones, not tablets (the S850 and S860, for instance), and so does the 720p res.

Here’s a wild theory. What if we’re looking at the most gigantic handheld voice call-supported tablet in the world? It all fits, including the presence of a SIM card, as defiant the prospect is to, you know, common sense.

Either way, the tabphone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and carries an 8 megapixel camera on its back, yet another possible hint that this thing is designed as a freakishly large handheld for the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming.

Via [GFX Bench]

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