So, this just cropped up in the news feed (see image above). It's a pretty obscure 5.7-inch phablet from China, running a Tegra 3 processor and a whopping 32MP camera. Aside from the unusual design size, it doesn't look too shabby.
It's from Zopo, a relatively new Chinese manufacturer, not to be confused with Oppo.
We don't have all the details concerning hardware yet, but what we do know is unequivocally impressive:
- 5.7-inch display
- 1.6GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU
- "3D stereo gaming"
- 5MP front facing camera
- 32MP rear facing camera
Despite what one may think, it doesn't genuinely matter that Tegra 4 is on the way because the Tegra 3 will still be relevant in the market for a little while longer. This device will still be usable six months to a year down the line, yet there's no guarantee past that. When I say "usable", I'm referring to compatibility with the latest apps, games and software.
That being said, there's no information about RAM capacity, internal storage options, and no mention of battery size. For all we know, this thing could be pushed out with a measly 1,500 mAh battery that renders it seemingly useless. The massive screen alone is going to need a substantial amount of juice, and that's not even taking into account whether it's in full HD or not (higher resolutions screens consume more energy).
The information first appeared on Zopo's Facebook page, and the photo above was lifted from an existing 5.7-inch Zopo phablet page. It's tough to speculate on whether or not the recently announced device will have the same design. I don't see any reason why Zopo wouldn't follow the same pattern.
Just making a sincere observation, it looks remarkably similar to the Galaxy Note II. Then again, it's no surprise considering the generic Chinese market tends to emulate what's hot.
Unfortunately, there's no information about price either, but I don't expect it to be too unreasonable. Just from poking around on Zopo's site I can see that they have warranted prices on their current handsets.
Zopo did say we can expect to see this thing sometime in May. Maybe we'll even get a glimpse or two, of the phablet, at MWC coming up next week?