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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Lenovo LePad S2005 announced

Lenovo has unleashed its rival to the Dell Streak, or for that matter to any large format smartphone on the market, in Beijing, China; the LePad S2005, otherwise known as the Ideapad S2005, will face the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note.

According to Richard Lai from Engadget (opens in new tab), the handset packs a 5-inch WVGA capacitive LTPS display with a 178 degree viewing angle; that's a tad disappointing given that such screen diagonal would better be served by a 1280x800 pixel resolution like on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The device comes with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, a five megapixel camera with full HD video recording, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and a 1680mAh battery.

Other notable features include a microHDMI port, HSPA+ connectivity, a USB port and we guess, a microSD card reader.

It is just under 10mm thick - the same as the iPhone 4S and weighs 198g. Engadet didn't specify how much onboard storage it had or whether it would be available outside of China soon.

How successful is it likely to be? Well, apart from the big screen, there's nothing that differentiates the Lenovo Ideapad S2005 from the likes of the HTC Sensation which comes with a smaller screen but higher resolution and better camera.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.