Kente KT998W possible the lowest spec’d highest priced quad-core we’ve seen this year!

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Chinese phone companies don’t always get the price to specification ratio quite right, take the Kente KT998W for example it costs $257 but packs just 512mb RAM! And there’s more!

We get spoilt for choice from Chinese phone companies, and if you have around $160 to spend on a device you can easily pick up a quad-core phone, with at least 1GB RAM and 5-inch 1080 display from a number of different companies.

Not all manufacturers are so generous though. Shenzhen LCD manufacturer Kente has seen the domestic phone market grow and has decided to jump on the bandwagon with the quad-core Kente KT998W.

With a quad-core MT6589 CPU and 5-inch display things start of well, but taking a closer look we can see some serious issues with this $257 phone. First up is the fact the display is a very low resolution WVGA 800 x 480 unit, then there is only 512MB RAM and the overall size is quite big with the phone measuring 10.5mm thick!

Cameras are a little ‘last year’ too as the rear is an 8 mega-pixel unit rather than a 13mp sensor. It’s hard to see who the KT998W is aimed at. Tech savvy Chinese phone buyers will likely want to spend less on a JiaYu or UMi phone, while regular shoppers are going to head for Huawei, Lenovo and HTC at this price!

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Abbie is a self confessed Chinese phone addict! After cutting her teeth on the Meizu M9 she hasn't been able to keep away from Chinese phones keeping her ear to the ground especially for the latest Shanzhai and clone news!

  • Amby

    FAIL !!!!

  • XrainX

    I think they but by mistake a 1 before 500 for their 1500Yuan price.
    Y500 = ~ $90 which can be the… truth. ;-)

  • Haroon

    Quote: “if you have around $160 to spend on a device you can easily pick up a quad-core phone, with at least 1GB RAM and 5-inch 1080 display from a number of different companies.”
    Unquote.

    No offense Abbie, but i’ve been spending countless hours lately to get my hands on one such device for the price you mentioned, yet in vain. Either the devices have not yet been released yet (Umi X2, Neo N003 etc.) or the online retailers are running short of 1080p devices which have been released, or they add significant costs. I have a friend in Shanghai these days, I’d appreciate if you or any of the respected readers could tell me from where exactly in Shanghai I can get an MTK6589 device with 1080p screen & 1 or 2 Gb RAM.

    Zopo ZP980, iOcean X7 or any other with 1080p screen will do.

    Thanks in advance.