From 4.7-inch smartphones like the HTC Titan, to models like the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note, it’s clear that manufacturers are seeing a market for larger-than-normal smartphones that still fall short of what we might consider tablets. While they may not fit so easily into a tight pants pocket, they’re just the right size for stowing-away in a jacket and offer a slightly-more-readable experience than you might find with smaller-screened devices. One new member joining that club looks like it will be coming from Lenovo, as revealed through some photos showing-off a five-inch Android.
Besides giving us an opportunity to check out the buttons and ports, there’s very little these shots tell us about the hardware. The big question right now is if this device will be positioned like the Galaxy Note as a larger-than-average smartphone, or if it won’t support voice calling and come to market as a mini-tablet.
This Android may arrive as a Lenovo IdeaTab model, though its precise designation is still unknown. It may be too early to get excited about the handset until we learn more about its capabilities, but we’re certainly very eager to get the full picture on this device. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of it at CES 2012.