Though fairly small and likely possessing minimum financial and human resources, Chinese OEM Cube managed to build a solid reputation last year courtesy of a number of beautiful Android tablets sporting high-res “Retina” displays.

cube pepper note Upcoming Cube Pepper Note phablet to sport 5.5 inch screen, quad core CPU and cost $160

But apparently Cube is no one-trick pony, now looking to get into the smartphone business as well. More specifically, in the phablet biz. Unlike in the tablet world though, the company is looking to start rather small, with a modest 5.5-incher.

Well, not so much modest as lacking that wow factor to make it high-end. The Pepper Note (cool name, by the way) is tipped to see daylight later in the summer with a 720p screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core MT6589 processor and dual-SIM support.

Not quite a powerhouse, but not entry-level either. True, the ginormous 5.5-inch screen will only boast a 267 ppi pixel density and also true, that MediaTek chip can be laggy when used for demanding games and whatnot, but at least the processor can save up juice.

And given the Pepper Note will pack a 2,500 mAh battery, chances are the overall autonomy will be decent. As for other specs, we only know they’re likely to include 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage, Android Jelly Bean (4.1 or 4.2) and a microSD card slot.

Not much to write home about, but if Cube prices this at 999 Yuan ($161), as rumor has it, I’m sure it will sell. It should, since the market for large, low-cost Androids is booming. Too bad we still don’t know when to expect this Cube Pepper Note in stores.

Via [GizChina] and [MTKSJ]