Another great looking dual-core MT6577 Chinese phablet! But……

Thanks to devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Phablets are the next big thing! They are literally huge almost tablet sized phones, and Chinese phone manufacturers are tripping over themselves to be first in this emerging market!

Take a look at the iL 5.8 inch screened Android phablet from Chinese phone maker Communication Technology Co., Ltd. of Shenzhen for example!

The design is really amazing! It’s thin, looks well designed and is unique enough to draw in the more savvy Android phone users to take a closer look.

So what do we find on closer inspection? Well like many Chinese phones these days the iL has a Mediatek MT6577 dual-core CPU, which we know from the JiaYu G3 is capable of powering a high-resolution screen, there is also 1GB RAM 4GB ROM and an Android 4.0 ICS operation system on board. All very promising.

Dual-cameras could be of a better spec, but the 5 mega-pixel rear camera is ok for most use, while the 1.3 mega-pixel front camera will make do for video calls, and there is a decent sized (but not the biggest I’ve seen) 2800mAh battery on-board.

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So what’s the catch?! Despite being one of the best looking Android phablets I’ve seen I can’t get to excited about this stylish 5.8inch screen phone due to its low(ish) resolution!

The 5.8 inch display on the iL has a resolution of 800 x 480 which is not as bad as some of the 6 inch Phablets we’re seeing, but still enough for me to think it might be better to wait for second generation Chinese phablets before thinking of getting one, which is real shame as the design looks great!

What do you guys think? Could you live with the low resolution for such a great looking Chinese Phablet? Or will you also wait for second generation Chinese phablets?


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  1. metty
    September 4, 2012

    It’s ALWAYS the screen.
    Never compromise on the screen; when will these Chinese companies learn.
    I’m in need of a Phablet but I’m just waiting for something that is equal or even surpasses the Galaxy Note & Note II.
    ZOPO 900 nearly got it, just needed a little more I’ll say

  2. Roger
    September 5, 2012

    Currently the only really high resolution MTK6577 phones are the Jiayu G3 and the THL W3+, both 4.5″ phones with 720×1280 resolution.

  3. Michael
    September 5, 2012

    Roger you forgot about Zopo ZP300+ which has LG 4,5 HD screen and new MTK6577 SoC

  4. Ronnie Katsie
    September 5, 2012

    Hello Andi i saw on another preorder phone with the same spec as Jiayu G3 its called “Youmi UMi X1” with a lower price compared to Jiayu G3 please can make a follow up and review on it. Thank you

    • September 5, 2012

      @Ronnie Katsie shhhhh that’s my next big post 😉 Yup same spec as the G3 but a much smaller battery, but a little cheaper too!

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  6. Boniface Mbaria
    September 13, 2012

    A 800*480 resolution…on a 5.8 inch..Hmmm

    • September 13, 2012

      Not good is it….

  7. samuel
    September 14, 2012

    Andy, is there a 5.x/6.0″, mtk6577, 1gb ram, resolution around 900×500 phone?
    i don’t need a note resolution. what site do i need to check on every now and then?

    PS: we first time smartphone buyers migth be more flexible about specs
    than seasoned users

    thanks for your help