Jerry Seinfeld will probably not like this one bit, but Newman is back. Only not as a chubby, conniving, annoying postman, but instead as a very elegant and possibly zippy 5.5-inch smartphone.
You may be a little confused, so let me explain. Newman just happens to be the name of a Chinese phone maker, responsible for such moderate local box-office hits as the N1 and N2. Tired of living in the shadows, China’s Newman is reportedly looking to break into the mainstream mobile décor, courtesy of a mystery N3 device and a K2.
The latter has popped up for the first time in the rumor mill only a few days ago, but it’s today making its second string of headlines. Sounds like way too much media attention for an unreleased phone of this magnitude, but that’s just the thing – the K2 is likely to be a huge commercial hit if all the rumors prove spot-on.
For one thing, the “phablet” is tipped to sport a large 5.5-inch display with Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. There will be quad-core power beneath the hood, even if we’re talking about MediaTek power and not Snapdragon 600 or 800 heat.
But hey, the MT6589T chipset is thought to be more than just a mid-ranger, plus it will be good for the battery life, which is often a problem for larger than 5-inchers. The rest of the “known” features are themselves sizzling hot, including 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, 13 MP/2 MP cameras, dual-SIM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
And the cherry on top of the Newman K2 cake may just well be pricing, since GizChina says all the above could cost a modest 1,499 Yuan ($242). If you ask me, there’s no way a high-ender like this can go for a penny under 300 bucks, but if Newman does pull off that ridiculously low price, the whole thing is a slam dunk.
Oh, yeah, we have a couple of K2 pics as well (above), which just add insult to injury. Erm, I mean in a good way, making the phone look premium from top to bottom.