BARCELONA, Spain -- The Lenovo S660 is a $229 phone designed to feel like a device twice that price. And in my brief time with the device, it seemed to do a fairly believable impression.
The S660's 4.7-inch IPS screen fits a 960x540 resolution display. Obviously not the highest phone resolution, but the smaller-than-average screen does a good job of balancing the trade-off in ultra sharpness compared to more expensive phones.
The phone houses a 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek processor of unknown specificity as its brains and it's at least fast enough to make menus and apps swipe by at a zippy rate.
The phone includes 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. There's a microSD storage slot that's compatible with up to 32GB cards. An 8-megapixel camera sits on the back with a 0.3-megapixel front camera.
The S660 supports dual SIM and features a purportedly long battery life. Its removable brushed metal backside feels comfortable in my hands and comes off easily, revealing a removable battery. Under scrutiny, the design won't convince most users that they're handling a high-end device, but for those of us whom value affordability over the latest and best, it won't matter as much.