Samsung's original Galaxy Note is seen as the originator of what we know as the phablet; this being a device with smartphone features bordering tablet form factor. Despite the initial naysayers, the trend really caught on, and every major firm now offer handsets with displays well in excess of the 5-inch mark. Over the initial couple of years following the Note's arrival, OEMs continued to increase display size with almost every new model, though eventually plateaued somewhere between the 5 and 6-inch mark. Lenovo clearly didn't get the memo, though, having just launched the aptly-named Phab that packs a mammoth 7-inch display.
Lenovo, as you may already be aware, is the rightful owner of Motorola Mobility -- a company that knows a thing or two about large handsets. But the new Phab really takes the cake with a display no shorter than 6.98 inches.
A bit like Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3, which also boasts a gargantuan display, the Lenovo Phab is an otherwise unspectacular mid-tier device built for emerging markets. The 6.98-inch panel, for example, is a mere 720p resolution, so won't look too sharp even compared with most other mid-rangers. Under the hood sits Qualcomm Snapdragon's 410 SoC allied to 2 GB of RAM, and while there's only 16 GB of storage on board, it can be expanded by means of the microSD slot.
There's a 13-megapixel main shooter along with a 5-megapixel effort for selfies, and you get your usual ensemble of connectivity hardware including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 820.11 b/g/n, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. Software-wise, the Lenovo Phab includes the Vibe UI launcher atop Android 5.1 Lollipop and as you'll see in the images below, the interface can adapt to help those without Incredible Hulk hands.
One of the benefits of unashamedly large devices is that they can pack a battery of sizable capacity. The Lenovo Phab makes the most of its footprint by carrying a 4250 mAh battery. Given the average array of specs, this device should boast a high level of endurance, if not performance.
For now, the Phab is being launched in India at a cost of Rs. 11,999, which equates to around $185. It will be available through a Flipkart flash sale as of April 21st, and whilst there's no word on whether it will be available outside of India, we'll keep you guys updated on any news in this regard.