Actwell launch MT6577 Jelly Bean phablet with 5.7-inch 1280 x 720 display

Large screen Android phones and phablets are the latest trend in the Chinese smartphone world with plenty to choose from already. However only Actwell’s new MT6577 phone get’s Jelly Bean and a high-resolution 1280 x 720 display.

I’ve not quite caught the large screen or phablet bug yet, but plenty of people have and are looking to Chinese manufacturers to produce low-cost alternatives to expensive big brand, big screen phones.

We’ve already seen our fair share of 5-inch and 6-inch phones which come in the more affordable price bracket, but all the phones we have reported on so far tended to cut corners and only offer 512mb RAM and low-resolution displays.

This new phone from Chinese phone maker Actwell though promises to give buyers a great spec, high-resolution display and a low-price!

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No official name has been attached to the phone just yet as it is intended for OEM buyers, but we do know the full specification includes a dual-core MT6577 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8 mega-pixel rear camera, dual-sim standby micro SD card reader and large 3200mAh battery.

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Actwell have also given their phablet Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, rather than 4.0 ICS found on similar models, but it is the 5.7-inch display which is going to attract most buyers to this big display phone. Instead of giving the phone a cheaper low-resolution screen Actwell have chosen a HD 720p display with 1280 x 720 resolution!

As for the size the phone is surprisingly thin despite the large battery and measures in at just 9.7mm while the other dimensions are 159mm x 85mm. As you would expect Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS and 3G are all their too, however we don’t know which bands are going to be supported.

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These details were sent to us by Actwell themselves who are only looking for OEM and bulk orders, so if you think that describes your needs get in touch and I will give you their contact details.

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  1. hajj_3
    December 14, 2012

    5.7″ lol, good luck fitting that in your pocket.

  2. LucifeL
    December 14, 2012

    Can someone tell me what is an OEM buyer… are those the people who buy phones in bulk and then rebrand them to sell in their local markets…

    So does this mean an ordinary individual can’t buy this phone for personal use… 🙁

  3. December 14, 2012

    Hi Andi,

    Yet another … I suspect … supplier delivering a smartphone where buyers are LOCKED INTO the Android OS version supplied … with no OTA updates !!!.

    Can you please comment on why suppliers who do this … DO IT ?

    • December 14, 2012

      Lack of resources is one reason. Many of these companies are actually tiny operations who don’t have the man power to work on new products as well as prepare updates for their older models. Another reason could be the costs, they might find the cost price of their phones too low to be worth preparing the update. Yet another reason is time. With so many phones launched everyday these factories need something new every few months to keep competitive, they simply don’t have time to update older phones.

      Not all companies are like this though and either do make updates (Meizu, Zopo, Xiaomi, Newman, Umi, Jiayu etc) or have such a large fan following private devs make the updates for them.

      • December 15, 2012


        Many thanks … happily you did not include any kind of ‘hint’ of a block from Google.

        Sounds like a good opportunity for an enterprising siftware outfit to offer a service to small Chinese manufacturers … providing OS OTA updates for their devices to make that much more attractive.

        An opportunity for such a software outfit to earn TWICE from providing BOTH a service to manufacturers AND to charge a small fee from a user, for an OTA update on his/her phones would probably make it a VERY GOOD opportunity.

        I would certainly promote such a service on my website.

        • joe
          December 15, 2012

          Android is based on the linux kernel so I’m pretty sure google can’t block anything.

  4. Mohan
    December 15, 2012

    Nice to see large screen phones are getting popular. This is the most ideal size for browsing and ebook reading. I have always wondered why do we need to buy two devices – a mobile and a tablet. This size is best of both worlds. Glad they have packed in Project Butter 🙂

  5. GrafZuckerbrotvonWallenberg-Vonveggiebratwurstnoicecreamplease-Thetraingoesby-Fruitbatiamabananabut Onlyafterten
    December 16, 2012

    Changjiang N7300 Phablet is the hi res 1gb ram 5.7 inch alternative

  6. December 22, 2012

    I just tested this baby, it really performs nicely 🙂

    • BaconBits
      January 9, 2013

      Got one myself, whats the deal with the stolen IMEI numbers?

  7. BaconBits
    January 9, 2013

    I just purchased this and I wasn’t that much impressed being a former owner of a Hero H9500 and an Amoi N821. What turned me off was the screen going black after in calls, feel so retarded. How did you fix it if you had this issue?