The sudden rise in popularity of the Xiaomi Redmi (Hongmi) has made it the target of several Chinese device manufacturers. We’ve already seen the “Hongmi Killer” models from Huawei and Beidou out in the market. Now it is Lenovo’s turn to try to halt the sales of the Redmi by offering an alternative device in the market that’s powerful and costs only $126.
The Lenovo S898T which was revealed a few weeks ago is designed to compete against the Huawei Honor 3X and the Xiaomi Hongmi Note. This device has a 5.3-inch 720p HD LTPS display with OGS. This allows it to be used even with gloves on or with wet hands. It’s running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and uses a 1.4 GHz octa-core MediaTek processor. Its other features include a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, 5 MP front camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and it is only 7.9mm thin.
The battery information has not been revealed yet but judging from its 7.99mm body don’t expect to have a battery greater than 3200mAh.
There is going to be two versions of the Lenovo S898T. One version will have GB of RAM and 8 GB of built-in storage space. This is expected to cost 788 yuan or roughly $126. The other version will have 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. This is expected to cost 988 yuan or roughly $158.
One advantage that this model has is that it is priced lower than it competition. It’s cheaper than the new Hongmi Note and even cheaper than the Huawei Honor 3X. The downside however is that it uses a slightly lower processor speed compared to the premium version of the Hongmi Note. It also appears to be available for the Chinese market only as the T in its name stands for TD-SCDMA. Right now there is still no news on whether an international WCDMA version will be released.