The 5-inch Coolpad 7990 "phablet" demonstrated at MWC 2012

The new slate apparently sports an IPS display and a dual-core Qualcomm CPU
Ivan Zhekov,

Many Android-running slates were introduced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but not all of them were equipped with 7-inch or 10-inch panels. The steady rise in popularity of the so-called “phablet” devices has apparently lead the China-based Yulong Telecom to introduce the Coolpad 7990 tablet/smartphone.

The new Coolpad is supposedly driven by a Qualcomm central processing unit, which has two physical cores, each with a clock frequency of 1.5GHz. In addition, the 7990 packs an IPS (In-Plane Switching technology for improved viewing angles) Sharp ASV touchscreen display that measures 5-inches in diagonal and has a maximum supported resolution of 960-by-640 pixels.

According to a Pocket-Lint report, this device is 9.9mm thick (0.39in) and ships with 768MB of internal operating memory. Furthermore, the phablet offers 4GB of storage (no word on an integrated SD card reader of any kind), Wireless LAN connectivity and an 8MP built-in camera that presumably can record 1080p videos (at 30fps) but has no LED flashlight.

The Coolpad 7990 will come with dual-SIM capabilities and an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Customers in Europe and USA will reportedly be able to buy one of those in the next few months. There is still no word on pricing, though.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-03- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)