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Budget users rejoice! The Lenovo S660 includes expandable storage, a quad-core processor, and is coming in June for only $229 (hands-on)

Got a hankering for new cheap phone? Lenovo's got an offer for you. Its new S660 packs some premium features at a bargain price.

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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.

Lenovo's S660 feels like a device twice that price (pictures)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lenovo says the phone, along with its more premium brethren, the S860 and S850, will be available in select markets in June. Look for more coverage around release time.