Hey guys, it’s Mobile World Congress time! A yearly event held in Barcelona, MWC gives us our best look at the future of the smartphone. But apparently, Lenovo got stuck in 2012 somehow because oh my God, they are literally introducing a phablet but for 2019.
Guys, I’m not kidding. I’m not exaggerating. The Lenovo Tab V7 is literally being targeted as a “tablet-and-smartphone-in-one.” Also, Lenovo wants you to think is “is the Way to Go” which I think is hilarious.
Let’s run this thing down. The Tab V7 is a tablet at heart meant to do tablet-y things. Lenovo packs in a 6.9-inch IPS Full HD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio taht should be sufficient enough to watch movies and YouTube videos, read ebooks, check email, and so on. The form factor is also appropriate for a small tablet, with a wide body that’s meant for two hands.
But it’s not just meant to be a tablet. Instead of just building a small tablet for kids or something, Lenovo thinks the Tab V7 can also be a phone. So the company attached an earpiece to the top of the device and included dual SIM card slots for cellular connectivity. Granted, the company still thinks this weird contraption would be good for kids since it’s a tablet most of the time and a phone when they need it, but it’s still weird and completely unnecessary when we have genuine phones with big screens that are good for doing tablet things.
The specs inside the Tab V7 are pretty meh. You get a Snapdragon 450 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of storage. There’s a microSD card slot for expanding the tablet’s – oops, I meant phablet’s – internal storage by 128GB, and the back houses a 13MP camera. There’s also a 5MP selfie shooter up front, but I’m sure neither camera is actually good.
On the bright side, there is a huge 5,180mAh battery that should get you through at least a full day and then some, and you also get Android Pie out of the box. There’s even a fingerprint scanner on the back. But as a general phone or tablet, this thing is too confused to be considered either. Hence, I will forever call the Tab V7 a 2019 phablet.
If you wanna actually buy this thing, Lenovo says the Tab V7 will launch this April for €249, or around $280 in U.S. dollars. The company says the device will land in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific countries. Currently, there’s no word on if the phablet will land in America, but we’ll let you know if it does.