Lenovo S898T gets priced as a true Xiaomi Redmi competitor
The original Xiaomi Hongmi (or Red Rice, or Redmi) definitely started a trend in China. Now more and more devices with good specs and dirt cheap prices are appearing. A couple of the best selling Hongmi competitors so far have been Huawei’s Honor 3X and Honor 3C, but now Lenovo is entering the field too.
The Lenovo S898T was originally revealed a couple of weeks ago thanks to it getting certified for sale on the Chinese market. And now we have pricing details for it, and it’s clearly meant as a competitor to both the Huawei Honor 3X and the new Xiaomi Hongmi Note.
The Lenovo S898T has a 5.3-inch 720p HD LTPS touchscreen with OGS, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and it’s just 7.9 mm thin. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean according to the aforementioned certification.
There will be two versions available. One will come with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of built-in storage space, and will cost 788 yuan. That’s around $126 or €91 at the current exchange rates. The other model will sport 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, and will go for 988 yuan, which means $158 or €115 right now.
So Lenovo has a handset that’s a tad cheaper than both versions of the new Hongmi Note, and also costing a little bit less than Huawei’s new, lower-end Honor 3X. The only downgrade we see is the CPU frequency, 300 MHz lower than in the case of the ‘premium’ version of the Hongmi Note. But the Lenovo S898T will clearly be a great contender, and should sell well when it becomes available in China.